Twisted Strands™: Bribie Island Kindy & The World’s Smallest Kite

It’s been awhile since we posted about a Twisted Strands™ contribution because it’s been a little while since we’ve received any. Our students still check the mail box every single day in hopes that more letters and strings arrive for their project. Many days, I can see their disappointment when nothing arrives, but their joy is contagious when there is a special envelope in the mail.

The children were very excited to see an envelope from Bribie Island, Australia in the mail on Monday! Bribie Island Community Kindergarten and their teacher Miss Narelle has been in contact via email with us for about a month now. We have exchanged emails with her class as virtual pen pals. Their class is 9,675 miles away from us but email has made communication very easy.

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A special package from new connections in Australia!

Inside the envelope was a lovely letter, a beautiful bunch of ribbons and a special surprise, “The World’s Smallest Kite”!

Bribie Island Community Kindergarten's Twisted Strands contribution!

Bribie Island Community Kindergarten’s Twisted Strands contribution!

On many of the ribbons, which were Christmas themed, the children and teachers wrote messages and questions to the children at Salt Meadow Academy. They asked about snow and told us about their weather. They told us they had chickens as pets (which our students thought was fantastic!!).

Christmas ribbons from Bribie Island Community Kindergarten.

Christmas ribbons from Bribie Island Community Kindergarten.

Christmas ribbons from Bribie Island Community Kindergarten

Christmas ribbons from Bribie Island Community Kindergarten

The letter from the class said “P.S. We have included a small gift ‘something to provoke investigation and of course fun.’ We have never seen a kite so small. Our children were all chattering at once. Will it fly? How was it made? Can we fly it right now? Is it really the “World’s Smallest Kite”? Your provocation worked and we are now investigating kite construction and if we can get this kite to fly. The weather hasn’t been the greatest here in Connecticut so we haven’t been able to try it out yet.

Christmas ribbons from the children and teachers at Bribie Island Community Kindergarten in Bribie Island, Australia.

Christmas ribbons from the children and teachers at Bribie Island Community Kindergarten in Bribie Island, Australia.

After hanging the bouquet of ribbons from the tree, we placed a pin (our 2nd in Australia!) on where we thought Bribie Island was. The map on the internet showed them just north of Brisbane near Moreton Bay.

The white pin marks Bribie Island, Australia.

The white pin marks Bribie Island, Australia.

We have written you a letter to answer some of your questions and we have also included a Certificate of Participation! As a special surprise, one of our students painted a butterfly and flowers for your school because one of your students (Shae-Lee) asked if we had any butterflies in Connecticut. We do!!

Painting a butterfly and flowers for new friends in Australia.

Painting a butterfly and flowers for new friends in Australia.

Thank you for your participation in Twisted Strands™ and helping us demonstrate that “We are all connected.” We hope to continue our communication throughout the year. Since a new class of children will start at Bribie Island Kindy in the coming weeks (our summer in CT is opposite their summer) we will be learning about new children.

To have your school, program or family participate in Salt Meadow Academy’s Twisted Strands™ Project, please mail your contribution to:
Twisted Strands™ Project
Salt Meadow Academy
15 Bluff Avenue
Clinton, CT 06413 USA

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