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Is it a Poem? Is It a Book? No, It’s Poetryaction, a Poem in Reaction to a Book, created by Laura Purdie Salas

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 29, 2014


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“Is it a Poem?  Is It a Book?  No, It’s Poetryaction, a Poem in Reaction to a Book, created by Laura Purdie Salas” and posted by Linda Martin Andersen.

Teachers are always looking for something new for their classroom such as…

  •  Books to recommend to their students or books to read to their class.
  • Prompts or a jumping off point for creative writing.
  • Another type of book report.

Laura Purdie Salas is helping pave the way for teachers and students in recent blog posts called Poetryaction, a poem in reaction to a book. 

Follow these steps and create your own Poetryaction:

1.  Read a book, perhaps a picture book.  In this sample, Laura Purdie Salas chose The Promise by Niko A. Davies and illustrated by Laura Carlin.

2.  Write a poem about the book, the book’s setting, a book character, or an idea that comes to mind while  reading the book.

3.  Share your Poetryaction with someone else.  Laura Purdie Salas shared her poem here:

book:http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/prxn-promise/

 

Here are two more Poetryaction samples:

http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/prxn-treehouse/

http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/prxn-super-sniffers/

These poems demonstrate that Poetryaction can take you and your imagination beyond the story line.  Which is your favorite?  I loved the one about the dog.  It made me laugh.

Poetryaction is a great exercise for writers, students, or anyone wanting to have some fun.  Laura Purdie Salas, thank you so much for sharing Poetryaction with us.

Here’s another treat:  A scary Jack-o-lantern poem video for K-4 at Laura’s site today.  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/scary-poem-vid/

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Come again and bring a friend. 

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A Dino at A Writer’s Playground

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 16, 2014


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“A Dino at A Writer’s Playground” by Linda Martin Andersen

Yesterday, I visited Laura Purdie Salas’ blog, one of my new favorite poetry sites.  Laura was sharing about the recent Children’s Book Festival in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she presented.

When I saw the photograph she had taken,  I felt like I was looking at a playground equipment catalog, perfect for “A Writer’s Playground.”  I believe every playground would boast ownership of a dinosaur.  Don’t you?  I know I would purchase one except I have a small equipment budget.  Not to be outdone,  I thought I’d reblog the dinosaur photograph Laura posted.  Take a look here:

http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/dino-15wol/

Now imagine the dinosaur in the photograph being stationed at “A Writer’s Playground.”  Instant dino and at no cost to me.  Thanks Laura.

How can I ever repay her?  I’m not sure I can, but maybe you can by viewing her blog.  Enjoy Laura’s poem of 15 words or less.  I know I did. While you’re there, check out her great books.

Another word about Laura’s photo.  It was taken at Bookworm Gardens.  Like the name?  Wouldn’t it make a perfect  garden spot at “A Writer’s Playground?” Maybe I can reblog the Bookworm Gardens another time.   For now, I’ll consider a virtual trip there.  Want to join me?  http://www.bookwormgardens.org/

What are your thoughts?  Where would you like to take a virtual trip?  What equipment would you suggest for “A Writer’s Playground?”

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Come again and bring a friend. 

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Lost and Found–What Have You Lost and Where Was It Found, Or Was It?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 8, 2014


“Lost and Found–What Have You Lost and Where Was It Found, Or Was It?” by Linda Martin Andersen

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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart. 

Lost and Found

At Schools:  Have you ever checked for a missing item in the Lost and Found collection?  Be prepared to find a closet stuffed with anything from bats (baseball) to hats, shirts to coats,  a single earring to sunglasses.   Some schools donate remaining items to local charities at the end of each year.  Usually before doing so, items are placed on display.  Most of the time, names haven’t been written on inside tags and few pieces are ever claimed.  Are kids too embarrassed to pick from the collection or don’t they recognize their own things?  Wonder how a kid would respond to that?  To me? To another friend?  Different responses, I’d say.

At Motels and Cottages:  Have you ever stayed in a motel or cottage during a vacation and left something behind?  What was it?  Did you get it back?  Did the shipping cost you more than it was worth?

At a gymnasium:  My husband recently had a double lung transplant (for real) and he attended pulmonary rehabilitation while in Durham, NC.  I chuckled at the basket of lost things displayed on a counter there.  Items not claimed were donated at the end of each month.  This was a gym for adults.  Probably some of the adults with lost items at the gym were guilty of having scolded a child long ago for the same offense. This shows we all lose things.  And as you will see in the next  two sections, I’m guilty too.

At a Furnished Apartment:  My husband and I stayed at a furnished apartment for seven months while he was in the Lung Transplant Program at Duke Hospital.   The household furnishings were somewhat limited; so, I supplemented with favorite housewares from home.  Someone asked me shortly after we moved in, “How will you remember what’s yours?”  Surely, I’d remember, I thought.  But after a while, my memory did get somewhat dull.  Many of the housewares seemed like mine.  Mine for there or mine for home?  Mine for temporary or mine for permanent?

Long Story Short: When it was time to pack up to move back home from our temporary apartment stay, I was missing three items:  a fork, a pillowcase, and a dish towel.  Was I sure the inventory was complete when I moved in?  Not really.  When people help you move, you don’t call out, “Stop!  Let me check the inventory before you start putting our things away.”  Now it’s possible that I accidentally put the fork in the trash, but how do you misplace a pillowcase and a dish towel?  Hmmm…What did I do?  I replaced them.  I had brought extra silverware from home since the apartment only furnished a place setting for four. Thank goodness I didn’t mind leaving one of my forks behind.  I bought a matching dish towel to replace the one I couldn’t find.  I also left behind one of my own white pillowcases as a substitute.

Story Starter Idea:  A missing fork, a pillowcase, and a dish towel.  Could you write a detective story with this story starter? An adventure story?  A fantasy?  Could you write a story about a lost item at school or of finding an item?  What about a story of a recent find?  For example, I found a sock that had been missing for a while, one I had probably blamed the dryer for eating.  The sock was in the lining of my lightweight jacket, stuffed near the cuff.  I laughed at the silliness of it all.  Have you ever forgotten to take an item out of a pocket and washed it by mistake?  I set a rule in our house when our sons were small: any money left in pockets was mine if I found it in the laundry.  I never found much!

I hope you’ll share a lost and found story that comes to mind for you.

If you’d like some activity ideas for celebrating October, check these posts from earlier years:

http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/octobers-activities-this-months-calendar-events/

http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/october-2012-activities/

Please share  ways you will celebrate October.  To learn about other special days this month, visit http://www.brownielocks.com/october.html

Thanks for visiting.  Come back soon and bring a friend. 

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A Hug Here, A Hug There, A Hug Everywhere

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 1, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074                      Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Kids are back in school and parents can be seen giving hugs here, there, and everywhere.   Check out the bus stop and the “Kiss and Go” lane of some elementary schools.   Hug Machine by Scott Campbell, reminds me of special hugging moments.  Learn more here:

Kirkus review–

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/scott-campbell/hug-machine/

A video–

http://pages.simonandschuster.com/hugmachine?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=4a19ec45d2-S%26S+-+Hug+Monster+-+20140715&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-4a19ec45d2-304526637

Several days in September celebrate hugs.  How many you can find?

Special Days in September–

  • Great Bathtub Race: 1  Perhaps you have an old bathtub sitting in a barn that could be used to join the fun.  What do you know about this race?  Research to learn more.  Where is a bathtub race held?  Do you know anyone who has ever been in a race?  What type race?  What would you like to ask the person about his/her experience?
  • Labor Day: 1 Why is this holiday celebrated?  How do you celebrate the day?
  • National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day: 1 Do something nice for someone.  Not for a birthday or thank you.  Just because.
  • National Wildlife Day:4 Make a list of the wildlife in your area.  What wildlife would you like to learn more about?  I’ve been learning about badgers by watching a wildlife program on television.  What research would you like to do?
  • Grandma Moses Day: 7  Who was Grandma Moses?  How did she get this name?  What nickname could you give your grandma?
  • Grandparent’s Day: 7 How many grandparents do you have?  Call or visit each one and tell them why they are special to you.
  • Pet Rock Day: 7 If you had a pet rock, what would you do together?  Where would your pet rock sleep?  How would you care for it?
  • Swap Ideas Day: 10  Swap ideas with a friend for how to have fun together.
  • Patriot Day: 11 What is a patriot?  Are you a patriot?  Does it show?  How?
  • Banana Day: 12 Name the many ways you eat bananas.  Which is your favorite?  Fix a banana snack.  What is your favorite fruit?
  • Video Games Day: 12  What’s your favorite?  Who would you share this game with?  Who could you teach to play it?
  • Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day: 13  What do you like to cook?  Could you ask to cook it today?  Could you volunteer to cook a meal today?
  • National Hollerin’ Day: 13 Have you ever felt like hollering from the top of your lungs?  What words or sounds would you holler? Have you ever been to a hollering contest?
  • Roald Dahl Day: 13  Name books by this author.  Which is your favorite?  Check out a title from the library that you haven’t read.
  • National Hug Your Hound Day:  14  What is a hound?  What is a good hound name?  What does a hound enjoy doing?
  • Mayflower Day: 16 Just for fun, give the Mayflower a nickname that is a May flower.
  • National Guacamole Day: 16 Do you like guacamole?  What is it used for?  What foods do you eat with guacamole?
  • Stepfamily Day: 16 Do you have a stepfamily?  Share a funny or special memory with someone in this family.  Make a list of family memories you are thankful for.
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day: 16  What is the Trail of Tears?  Research to learn more.  Who would enjoy researching with you?
  • School Backpack Awareness Day: 17   What do you look for in a backpack?  What safety tips do you know about how to wear one?
  • Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day: 18 If you do not know a greeting card writer, hug someone who has sent you a greeting card.  Have you saved any cards you’ve been sent?  Were they birthday cards, get well cards, or others?
  • National Cheeseburger Day: 18 Do you like hamburgers prepared at home, at a restaurant, or an outdoor grill?  What condiments do you like on your hamburger?
  • National Respect Day: 18 What does respect mean to you?  Ask others their definition.  Are they the same?
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day: 19 Pretend to be a pirate.  What would you say?  Where would you pretend to sail?  Who would you hire for your ship?  What would you name your ship?
  • Big Whopper Liar Day: 20
  • International Eat An Apple Day: 20  List as many varieties as you can name.  Alphabetize them.  Sort them by color.  Which is your favorite?  Why?
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day: 20 What trash would you expect to find in the international coastal waterway?  Research clean up efforts.
  • National Gymnastics Day: 20  Have you ever taken gymnastic classes?  Name some exercises you have done.  Do you like to watch gymnastics events at the Olympics?
  • International Day of Peace: 21 Name ways to promote peace at home.
  • World’s Alzheimer’s Day: 21  Do you know anyone with Alzheimer’s?  Name some of the symptoms.
  • Dear Diary Day: 22 What would you write in your diary today?  How much would you share with others?
  • Ice Cream Cone Day: 22 Remember a favorite time you had ice cream.  Tell about it.
  • National Rock n’ Roll Dog Day: 22  What do you think this is?  Check to see if you are right.
  • Hug A Vegetarian Day: 26  Do you know a vegetarian?  Are you one?
  • Johnny Appleseed Day: 26 Have you read a book about Johnny Appleseed?  Read this story and share trivia with others.
  • Family Health and Fitness Day USA: 27  What do you do to keep fit?  What is your favorite way to exercise?
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day: 27  Have you ever been hunting or fishing?  What is your best story about a time you did?
  • National Museum Day: 27 What is the last museum you visited?  What was your favorite exhibit?  Will you visit again soon?
  • R.E.A.D. in America Day: 27 What do the initials stand for?  Will you pass the word about this special day?  How will you spread the word?
  • National Good Neighbor Day: 28  Are you a good neighbor?  In what way do you show it?

Special Weeks in September–

  • International Enthusiasm Week: 1-7 What are you enthusiastic about?  Who else do you know who shares your enthusiasm?
  • National Waffle Week: 1-6 Does anyone in your house fix waffles?  Do you eat them out?  What is your favorite?  Your favorite syrup?
  • Popcorn Days: 4-6  
  • Line Dance Week: 8-13 Do you know any line dances?  Can you teach others?
  • Child Passenger Safety Week: 14-20 
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: 14-20
  • Pollution Prevention Week: 14-20
  • Hummingbird Celebration: 18-21  Did you see any hummingbirds near your home this summer?  Did you feed them?
  • Deaf Awareness Week: 21-28 
  • National Clean Hands Week: 21-28  Why is this so important?
  • National Dog Week: 21-27
  • National Keep Kids Creative Week: 21-27   Is it time to re-decorate your refrigerator to show your new interests?
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week: 21-27
  • World Hearing Aid Awareness Week: 28-10/4  How many adults do you know who wear hearing aids?  How many kids?  What might cause a child to need one?
  • National Chimney Safety Week: 28-10/4
  • Fall Astronomy Week: 29-10/5

September is… 

  • Backpack Safety America Month Name one or more backpack safety rules.  Have someone else check your bag for safety.
  • Childrens’ Good Manners Month  What two magic words go with good manners?  How often do you say them per day?
  • International  or National Guide Dogs Month  Tell about a recent spotting of a guide dog.  My last spotting, I saw a lady in a wheelchair who had a guide dog with her.
  • International Square Dancing Month  Does your Parks and Recreation Center offer dance classes for children?  Have you ever been square dancing?  Do you anyone who square dances?  Would you like to learn?
  • Library Card Sign-up Month (World) When was the last time you went to the public library?  Do you have a library card?  How often do you check out books?  Does your local library have special programs for children?  Would you like to volunteer at the library?
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (September-December)  Keep a log of time spent together as a family playing non-electronic games.
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month What changes could you make to eat more healthy?
  • National Fruit and Veggies Month (Also June) What vegetable and fruit snacks do you eat?
  • National Head Lice Prevention Month What things can you do to prevent getting head lice?  Have you ever had your head checked?
  • National Honey Month  What is the difference in pasteurized and non-pasteurized honey?  What honey trivia can you share with someone?
  • National Sewing Month  What can you sew?  A button?  A hem?  A monogram?  A garment?  Has anyone ever made you a costume?  Did you help?  Tell about where you wore the costume.  Thank the person who sewed for you. 
  • National Service Dog Month
  • National Sickle Cell Month  What do you know about this disease?  Do you know anyone who has it?  What other disease would you like to learn more about?
  • World Animal Remembrance Month  What animal would you like to remember this month?  A dinosaur?  A pet that died?  A guide dog you know?   

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please share the ways you will celebrate September.  To learn about other special days this month, visit  http://www.brownielocks.com/september.html

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What’s on Your Calendar?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 3, 2014


“What’s on Your Calendar?” by Linda Martin Andersen

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On the first day of the month (yes, I’m late), I post about special calendar dates you may want to celebrate. This summer, I didn’t get to take a vacation; so I decided to take one  in my mind–a trip down Memory Lane to recall earlier vacations.  I thought I’d share a few things I have posted on my calendar for this month and ask you about special celebrations you have planned.  Here’s my list:

Special Things I’ll Do This Month:

  • Visit the Duke Chapel in Durham, NC (date to be determined)
  • Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Be a daily caregiver
  • Prepare a query to send two agents for a picture book manuscript
  • Recall memories of  favorite vacations I’ve taken–a road trip across the US as a child and later as an adult.  I’ve also been to the mountains, to the beach, to Disney World, amusement parks, and to Canada.  I will recall who was on the trip, my favorites memories including funny ones, disappointing ones, and others that stand out.  Maybe I’ll visit a different place each day.  Sounds like fun.  Maybe you’d like to try it too.

Special Days on My Calendar in August

  • August 4–Daughter-in-law’s birthday
  • August 17–older son’s birthday
  • Any day a friend calls, emails, or comes to visit
  • August 26–the day our grandsons return to school
  • Attend doctor appointments with my husband

What’s on Your Calendar for August?  I hope you’ll share about it here.  Special days you may want to consider celebrating: 

Special Weeks–
International Tree Climbing Days: 1-5 (I bet this brings back memories)
National Farmers’ Market Week: 3-9 (Have you ever grown a garden?  Tell about it.  Try something new.  Consider a fruit or vegetable you’ve never tasted.)

Special Days–

Smithsonian Day:  10 (Have you been?  What was a favorite display?)

Tug-of-War Day:  27 (When was the last time you played?  Do you remember a movie or television show showing a tug-of-war scene?)

National Toasted Marshmallow Day:  30 (Where did you have your last toasted marshmallow?)

Month–

  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month (Do you know a child entering kindergarten?  What do you remember from kindergarten?)

What if your teacher asks you about what you did this summer and you want to tell about a vacation trip, but you didn’t get to take one.  Consider telling about a vacation trip you recall from an earlier year. 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please share the ways you will celebrate August.  For other special days this month, visit http://www.brownielocks.com/august.html

 

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It’s July and Time to Celebrate

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 1, 2014


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What will your July bring? Summer fun? Vacation? Time at the beach or lake? Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch. Maybe you can grill out and eat on a beach towel spread on the sand. Celebrate fun in the sun.
July brings…
Cell Phone Courtesy Month–What rules would you write for this?
Dog Days (7/3 to 8/11)–“Is it hot enough for you?”
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month Link–Did you know that children sometimes have arthritis? Learn more about this disease.
National Blueberries Month–Blueberries grow in my yard. What is your favorite way to eat them? Did you know these berries are very good for you? How? Research to see.
National Grilling Month–Make a list of foods you like cooked on a grill. See how fast you can read your list without stumbling over a word. Try to do it faster. Faster.
National Ice Cream Month–What flavor would you like? A waffle cone or a sugar cone? One scoop or two? With or without chocolate syrup? Nuts?
National Horseradish Month–What is horseradish? Do you like it? Have you ever tried it?
National Hot Dog Month–What toppings would you like?
Sandwich Generation Month–White bread or wheat bread? What type sandwich would you like? What condiments? What is the most unusual sandwich you have ever eaten? Do you eat your bread toasted? Do you like your sandwich cut? Do you eat the crust?
Tour de France Month (Goes from 5-27)–Do you ride a bike? A skateboard? Where do you ride? What safety gear do you wear? Name favorite places you like to ride.

Special Weeks in July

*Rabbit Week: 15-21–Have you ever had a bunny for a pet? What would you need to take care of it?
National Zoo Keeper Week: 20-26 Link–Maybe if we cheer loudly enough, our visiting zoo keeper will visit again.
World Lumberjack Championships: 24-26–Describe yourself as a lumberjack. Share with someone else.

Special Days in July

*I Forgot Day: 2–Write an expression that proves that you forgot something. Example: I don’t remember…
*Stay Out Of The Sun Day: 3–Are you wearing your sunscreen? How often do you reapply?
*Superman Day: 3–I met someone who got a lung transplant. A superman balloon hung above his hospital bed. Why? He has Superman lungs now, or so he said. How have you heard someone use Superman in a conversation?
*Fourth of July or Independence Day: 4–No firecrackers are allowed to be fired in my neighborhood. I don’t think I’ll see any fireworks this year, but I have plenty to celebrate. Name three things in your life worthy of a celebration.
*Chocolate Day: 7–Can’t resist, especially if it covers nuts. How about you?
*Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day: 7–When was the last time you took a walk with your father? Tell someone about it.
*Tell The Truth Day: 7–No fibs, no white lies. Only the truth today. Can you do it?
Collector Car Appreciation Day: 12–What collector car would you like to own? Have you ever ridden in an antique car? Have you been to a car show? Tell about your experiences.
*National French Fries Day: 13–What’s your favorite meal that includes French fries? Where do you like to purchase your fries?
*Shark Awareness Day: 14–Have you ever seen a shark? Where? How big was it? Was it alive? How was it captured?
*Be A Dork Day: 15–What is a dork? Have you ever been called one? Why?
*Gummi Worm Day: 15–What gummi candy will you eat? Will you eat a gummi worm? Why or why not?
Celebration of The Horse Day: 19-20–Name horse books you have read. Which was your favorite and why?
National Hot Dog Day: 19–There are two hot dog stands near a hospital I have been visiting for over a week. I haven’t bought one yet. Would you have stopped? What would you have bought?
*Moon Day: 20–What is your favorite phase of the moon? Why?
*Space Exploration Day: 20–What type science project have you made that teachers about space? How did you decide what to create?
*National Lollipop Day: 20–Do you have a favorite flavor? A favorite brand? What makes it the best?
National Ice Cream Day: 20–What’s your mother’s favorite flavor? Your dad? Your brother? Finish the list. Ask them if you are correct.
*Cousins Day: 24–Who are your cousins? How often do you see each other? What do you do when you get together?
*Tell An Old Joke Day: 24–Find a joke book. Ask some old ones. How many could the person guess?
*Video Games Day: 25–Name an electronic game you like to play. What would you tell someone about it, if you were telling them it’s the best one you own?
*National Day of the Cowboy : 26 Link–What’s your favorite cowboy thing? A rodeo? A cattle drive? Etc.
Aunties Day: 27–Where do your aunties live? Have you visited them all? What is a good gift for an auntie you are visiting?
*Lasagna Day: 29–Which one do you like better: lasagna or spaghetti? Why?
*Rain Day: 29–What will you do if it rains today? If the weather stays beautiful, save the activity for the next rainy day.
*Friendship Day: 30–Who is your best friend? Why?
*Paperback Book Day: 30–How many paperbacks do you own? Do you read them more than one time?

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Passing Along A Recipe for a Mystery

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 25, 2014


“Passing Along a Recipe for a Mystery” by Linda Martin Andersen

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What Time Is It? 

It’s Summer Time, Time for a Good Book, and Time to Challenge Your Brain.  

Just when you think it’s time to kick back and relax, what do I suggest?  Challenging your brain.  And why not?  It’s good for you and fun too.

Like a good mystery?  Like to know how to write one? 

 

Let’s talk:   Will you  accept this summer brain challenge.  I’d love to hear about it.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

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Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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It’s June and Time to Challenge Your Brain

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 11, 2014


“It’s June and Time to Challenge Your Brain” by Linda Martin Andersen

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

What Time Is It? 

It’s Summer Time and Time to Challenge Your Brain.  

Just when you think it’s time to kick back and relax, what do I suggest?  Challenging your brain.  And why not?  It’s good for you and fun too. Begin by checking out recent blog posts at Pencil Tips Writing Workshop.

http://penciltipswritingworkshop.blogspot.com/2014/06/by-alison-ashley-formento-do-you-liketo.html

  • If you’d like to participate in a free personal writing workshop, I recommend that you visit “Writers–RETREAT!” by Jane Harrington.   She shares ideas on how to “inspire creative energy.”

  • http://tinyurl.com/mt2hv94

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Let’s talk:   Will you  accept this summer brain challenge and personalized writing workshop?  Have you set other summer goals?  We’d love to hear them.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

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Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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June Weddings and Other June Celebrations

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 1, 2014


“June Weddings and Other June Celebrations” by Linda Martin Andersen

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

June is a popular month for weddings.  Do you know anyone who was married in June?  Thinking about weddings reminded me of this saying:  “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”  Do you know its meanings?  Do you know how it became a popular?  Advertising.  Check here if you’d like to know more.  

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How would you finish this statement?  June is the month of ________.  Check the list below, if you’d like some ideas.  Share your answers in the comment box. 

Other June Observances:


Dairy Month  Brainstorm about a dairy, dairy products, and manufacturing dairy products.  What would you like to learn more about?  How can do that?  Are there dairy documentaries, dairy books, dairy farms in your area to tour, etc.?  What about a family vacation to a dairy state? 

National Camping Month  Have you ever been camping?  Did you stay in a tent or a camper?  Did you stay with family or friends?  Was it a week away from home at summer camp?  Have you ever been a camp counselor?

National Smile Month  Create a poster for National Smile Month.  Suggestion:  Draw a smile across  an outline of your country. 

National Zoo and Aquarium Month  Visit a zoo or an aquarium in your area.  Which would you rather visit?  What is your favorite animal there?  What is a favorite book about this animal?  If you could work at a zoo or an aquarium, which would you choose and why?  What job would you want to do there?

 

Special Weeks in June..

Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 22-28  Do you know where to be to keep safe in a thunderstorm?  Where is a safe place to be inside?  Outside?  Where can you learn more about lightning safety?  Who could you ask?

Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 26-29 What techniques do you think might increase the distance a person spits seeds?  Consider having a seed spitting contest with friends.  Chart seed spitting distances on a graph.  What could make the contest more challenging?  What other contests could you have with watermelons?  Describe them. 

Water Ski Days: 28-29 (Last Full Weekend)  Can you water ski?  Do you know people who can?  Would you like to learn?  Consider writing about water ski stories.  Ask people to share a story about water skiing.  Are they funny?  Sad?  Adventure stories?  Fiction?  Fantasy? 

 

Special Days in June…

National Go Barefoot Day: 1 How often do you go barefoot?  Where?  Does going barefoot make your feet wider?  Where can you research this question?  Do you wear water shoes?  Flip flops?  Which do you like best?  Name a book character or television or movie character who goes barefoot.  Is this person stereotyped as poor, ignorant, or uncivilized?  What do you think about this image and going barefoot?  Do you agree with the stereotypes?  why or why not?

Oscar The Grouch Day: 1 What program is this character from?  What habits does this character have that show he’s a grouch?  Name another character who is considered to be a grouch.  Tell  why. 

Say Something Nice Day: 1 Make a list of nice things you could say to someone.  How many of these can you use today?  Which ones were easy to say?  Which ones made you uncomfortable to say?  Why?  What was the other person’s reaction to your nice comments?  Will you tell them what you were doing?  Why or why not?

Hot Air Balloon Day: 5 Illustrate a scene with one or more hot air balloons.  Where will you display your drawing?  Where have you seen hot air balloons used in advertising, products, etc.  Check clip art images and count the number of hot air balloon designs you see.   Decorate a hot air balloon design.  What shapes or designs did you include?

National Running Day: 5 Are you a runner?  If so, how often do you run a week?  Draw a route you would like to run.  What would you  like to see along the way?  Do you participate in organized runs?  What experiences would you like to share with others about running?

World Environment Day: 5  Name ways you can protect the environment in your area.  Do you know of any endangered species?  Research for more information.  What can you do to help?

National YoYo Day: 7 (Always on the Birthday of Donald Duncan)  A yo yo is a fun name for a toy. Its name repeats a word.  What toy, game, sport, etc.  could you  rename for fun? Think of a word that you could repeat.   Example:  Zip zip for zip line.

Multicultural American Child Day: 8 What does multicultural mean?  What are multicultural books for children?  Name some book titles with multicultural characters.  Why are these important? 

Ball Point Pen Day: 10  Name a ball point pen maker.  Look for old advertisements for these products.  Can you find the price for ball point pens ten or more years ago.  What color ink do these pens come in?  Which is your favorite color?  What color ink was traditionally used by teachers for marking students’ papers?

Father’s Day: 15  Do you know someone whose father is deceased?  Could you interview this person about their father.  Discuss things your dad and this one have in common. 

Nature Photography Day: 15  Do you have access to a camera on a phone?  What nature photos could you take?  Did you take pictures of animals, plants, scenery, etc.  Do you know a photographer?  Could you ask him for photography tips?  Where do you like to view great animal photos or programs?

 Worldwide Day of Giving: 15 Name three things you could give someone that don’t cost any money.  Choose one of these and give it to someone special. 

Eat Your Vegetables Day: 17 Today, no matter what vegetables you are served, eat them without complaining.  Try a vegetable that’s new to you.

Recess At Work Day: 19  Just for fun, plan a recess at work day for your parent(s).  What kind of things could your mom or dad do at work that would be like recess?  For example, they could have a water cooler relay.  Ask them for ideas.

National Flip Flop Day: 20  How many pairs of flip flops do you own?  Survey your friends.  Have a flip flop party.  Think of events to play while wearing flip flops.

World Handshake Day: 21  What custom do people use as greetings in addition to handshakes?

Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments): 23 Flamingo is a word I like to hear roll off my tongue.  It’s fun to say.  How many syllables are in the word “flamingo?”  Choose other fun words with the same number of syllables and write a description or story of a pink flamingo using  words from your list.  Share your writing with a friend.  Ask a friend to write with you.  Research flamingos to learn more about them. 

International Fairy Day or Faerie Day: 24  If you were a fairy for a day, what would you like to do?  Write or draw about it.

Great American Backyard Campout: 28 Do you like to camp out?  Have you ever camped out in your backyard?  This is the day to give it a try if your parents give permission.  Here’s a poem you might enjoy called “The Tent” by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater  http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2014/05/this-tent-poetry-calendars.html  Visit this website for many other great poems. 

Log Cabin Day: 29 Have you ever stayed in a log cabin?  Was it an old one or a fairly modern one?  Would you rather stay in a cabin, a tent, or in a motel?  What area of the country do you think of for log cabins?  Why?

*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for June celebration information.  For more, check out: http://www.brownielocks.com/june.html

Let’s talk:  How did you finish this statement:  June is the month of _________.  One internet site’s response:  weddings,  roses, love.  Did you choose any of these?   Something different?  Share your thoughts here.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment.  Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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Winner of Giveaway for May Days and My Blog’s 2nd Birthday

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 24, 2014


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“Winner of Giveaway for May Days and My Blog’s 2nd Birthday” by Linda Martin Andersen

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Blow the horns, sing the verses, it’s time for “A Writer’s Playground” to celebrate its second birthday.  But before the candles could be blown out or a slice of cake could be cut, my internal critic said, “Beware the Terrible Twos.”  I am choosing to ignore that warning.  Instead of fearing growing pains, I’ve decided to embrace the number “two” in a special way…

For my blog’s second birthday, I’m giving away a book about twin girls who share many things.  It’s an easy reader by Grace Lin called Ling and Ting Share a Birthday.  cover_ltbirthday[1] Copyright Alexandre Ferron

The rules stated:  Register for the giveaway by posting the name of a book with twin characters or a book written or illustrated by a twin.  The birthday blog drawing will be May 22 (two twos) and the winner will be announced on or before the June 1 post.  

And the winner of this giveaway is….

Joan Y. Edwards

Congratulations, Joan.  I’m happy for you.  Your copy of Ling and Ting Share a Birthday will be coming to your house soon. 

Thanks to all who participated.  It was fun sharing my blog’s second birthday with you.

Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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