A Writer's Playground

Monthly Activities for Kids by Linda Martin Andersen

  • Copyright Notice

    Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen.

    Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this
    material without express and written permission
    from Linda Martin Andersen is strictly prohibited.

    Excerpts and links may be used, provided that
    full and clear credit is given to Linda Martin Andersen
    with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

A Certificate Fit for a Turkey

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 23, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

“A Certificate Fit for a Turkey” by Linda Martin Andersen

Am I a turkey? No, not I.

I recently completed an online course called “Thirty Days to a Stronger Novel” by Darcy Pattison.  Here is my certificate of completion.

UC-6UNNEVQ8[1]

I couldn’t help but wonder what type certificate a turkey might earn, especially this time of year.  How would you complete this certificate for a turkey?

                   Certificate of Completion

This is to certify that__________________________successfully

completed the ________________________________________

__________________________________________________

barnyard course on November ______, 2014

Let your imagination go wild.  I’d love your feedback.

Do you like online writing courses?  If so, consider taking “30 Days to a Stronger Novel” with Darcy Pattison, I strongly recommend it.  Learn more here.  https://www.udemy.com/courses/

Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and 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

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Thankful for the Kids on the Playground and the SCBWI-C Group

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 18, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

Microsoft Word Clipart--2014

Microsoft Word Clipart–2014

“Thankful for the Kids on the Playground and the SCBWI-C Group.”

 

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and I’m counting my blessings…

Kids on the playground call out, “Thanks for pushing me (on the swings).”  I echo  that: “Thanks for pushing me (with my writing).

Kids on the playground say,  “Whee!  This is fun.”  I echo that.  Probably only writers and illustrators get that one.  ;)

Kids on the playground ask, “Wanna play ball?”  I echo that:  “Wanna  play (swap stories?)”

Kids on the playground squeal with delight when their team scores a point.  I echo that.  Our hurrahs and congratulations fill the listserv.

Kids on the playground ask, “Can you show me how to do that?”  I echo that.  I’ve learned so much from this group.

Thank you kids that inspire and SCBWI-C members that encourage and motivate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and 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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 16, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

“Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway” by Linda Martin Andersen

Today, I announce the winner of the book giveaway.  But first, I’d like to share a recent observation that included shoes.   Last week near lunch time, my husband and I were riding down a busy highway and stopped for a traffic light.  A truck that serves prepared food was parked at an auto parts store on the corner.  People were standing near the window of the food truck, which was opposite our view.  All we could see was the truck and shoes underneath.  It was a humorous sight and reminded me of Jennifer Larson’s book called Lost Soles.  When did you pay attention to shoes this past week?  Comment about it below.

Thanks to all who visited “Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!” and left a comment.  Those names were placed in a drawing for a free copy of Lost Soles by Jennifer Larson.  The names on cards, plus a plastic lucky frog foot, were shaken and my husband drew the winning name.

And the winner is Susan Williams.  Congratulations Susan.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” round of applause.  Susan Williams, would you please email me and provide your mailing address?  I will forward the information to  Jennifer who will send you a copy of Lost Soles.  Enjoy!

Jennifer, thanks for being a guest blogger here and for providing a giveaway.  It was great to have you. 

Readers, the next time you see a single lost shoe, think of Jennifer Larson.  Support her book launch by visiting http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Soles-Jennifer-Larson/dp/1492294179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416138105&sr=8-1&keywords=Lost+Soles+by+Jennifer+Larson

Book copies are available just in time for holiday giving.  To learn more about Jennifer Larson, please visit her website  at www.authorjenniferlarson.com.  She loves receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with her latest find, follow her blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Any shoe sightings you’d like to share?  Any lone sole sightings?  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and 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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments »

Is It Already the Second Week in November?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 9, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

 

“Is It Already the Second Week in November?”

I saw a comic today that reminded me that it’s all about perspective.  The adults in the “Family Circus” are concerned that they don’t have enough time to prepare for Christmas.  The kids, on the other hand, think there is entirely too much wait time until Christmas.  How about you?  Are you seeing things more from the adult or kid angle?  A great exercise this month would be to try to see things from the opposite perspective, at least for a few minutes.  And don’t forget to smile!

Just in case you thought I forgot, here are a few events you might want to celebrate during the remainder of this month.

November is…

Aviation History Month–Are you flying anywhere for the holidays?  Where would you like to fly if you could?
Family Stories Month--Write them down.
Historic Bridge Awareness Month--Can you name one in your state?
National Adoption Month--What a gift!  Do you have an adoption story to share?
National Native American Heritage Month–How can you honor Native Americans?  Consider visiting a museum with displays of early settlements.  Look at the exhibits from the perspective of Native Americans. 
National Family Literacy Month--What book have you read recently?  What book have you read someone in your household?  What have others read?  Consider having each family member share about a favorite part of a book read.
Picture Book Month–I’m writing a picture book idea for each day in November.  It’s called PiBoIdMo and organized by Tara Lazar.  Maybe you’d like to try it or like to read a picture book a day for a month.

Special Days in November:

Sesame Street Day: 10--How many Sesame Street characters can you name?

Origami Day: 11--Learn how to fold paper this special way.  Libraries have books on origami and most likely you can find videos online.

Veterans Day: 11–Will you visit a grave, attend a parade, honor a veteran in some way?

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day: 14–Most of us could use a day of less stress.  What could you do to loosen up or lighten up today?

National American Teddy Bear Day: 14–Recall a favorite childhood memory that includes a teddy bear.

I Love to Write Day: 15–What do you like to write?

National Day of Play: 15–If you were to visit a playground today, what would you like to play?  What about a child you know?

Guinness World Record Day: 15--Always a popular book with kids.  Do you know any world records you could share with someone?

Use Less Stuff Day: 20–What about cleaning out a drawer, closet, or shelf today?

World Television Day: 21–My brother cried when he had to start school because he would miss “I Love Lucy.”  What stories do you remember based on TV shows?

Mother Goose Day: 23–Pick a nursery rhyme and say it aloud.  If it gets stuck in your head, share it with someone else.  Better than spreading gossip. ;)

International Hat Day: 25–My husband just bought two new hats?  When was the last time you bought one?  Where did you wear it?

National Day of Listening: 27--Try harder to really listen.

Thanksgiving Day: 27--Where will you be and with whom?  Give thanks for all your blessings!

 

Special Weeks in November:

World Kindness Week: 10-16--Think of kind things you can do each day of this week and do them.

National Young Reader’s Week: 10-14 –These last three remind me of the value of a good education and the part books play.  Check out books with the kids you love.

American Education Week: 17-21

National Book Awards Week: 17-21

 

Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

If you haven’t registered for the book giveaway, check the guest post by Jennifer Larson for details.  You’ll be glad you did.

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

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe? Book Giveaway!

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 8, 2014


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

“Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!”

Have you ever found a shoe when walking to the playground, riding down the road, walking on the beach, or somewhere else?  Not a pair of shoes, but one shoe?  One lone lost sole?  I have and I’m pretty sure you have too. I know someone who is on the lookout for lost shoes every day.  She takes pictures of them, and guess what…she has even written a book about them. Today, I’m honored to introduce this special lady to you. Please help me welcome Jennifer Larson, author of Lost Soles.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” welcome.  And here’s Jennifer…

securedownload[2] (3)

 

 

 

 

Thanks for having me here today.  My inspiration for Lost Soles began when I started noticing lone shoes in random places. There’d be a sandal in the median, a flip flop on the sidewalk, or a sneaker on the side of  the road.

 

Image 5Image 1

 

I began photographing these lone shoes ten years ago, creating a portfolio of boots, heels, cleats, and more.

Image 7                                   Image 13

I’ve even found a slipper. Then I started to wonder how these shoes had come to rest alone in such odd places. Where was their mate? How did they get separated from their other half?And that’s when I decided to tell the children’s story of a pair of flip flops, Flip and Flop, that get separated from each other after a day at the beach. Flip flies off the beach cart and gets left behind. He then embarks on a journey to find his way home in hopes of reuniting with his “sole mate.”

 

I decided to self-publish, and after two years and a lot of hard work, my first children’s picture book, Lost Soles, is coming out and will be available on amazon.com.FINAL COVER September 30 copy - Version 3 (2)

 

Over the years, I’ve photographed more than 100 lone shoes. I’m always on the lookout for the next one. If you have a lost sole find and want to share, please visit my website www.authorjenniferlarson.com. I love receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with my latest find, follow my blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Jennifer, thanks for joining us today.  Love the book cover and story idea. 

Readers:   Jennifer is offering a free copy of Lost Soles to some lucky person who leaves a comment here by November 15.  The winner will be announced at “A Writer’s Playground” shortly afterwards. 

Don’t you love Jennifer’s way of taking cast off items and making them something special?  Show your admiration by visiting her photos and blog and by commenting here.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and 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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments »

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


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

“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. 

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

A Dino at A Writer’s Playground

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 16, 2014


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. 

“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. 

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

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

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

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. 

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. 

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 21 Comments »

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

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

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

What’s on Your Calendar?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 3, 2014


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

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074

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

 

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

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 84 other followers

%d bloggers like this: