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September Days Worth Celebrating and Writing About Too

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 1, 2015


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“September Days Worth Celebrating and Writing About Too” by Linda Martin Andersen

Top Ten Recipients of September 2015:  Ways to Celebrate Education (Awards selected by me for this site only)

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September is…

  • All American Breakfast Month–How have recommended breakfast charts changed over the years?  What do you eat for breakfast?  Conduct a survey of what your friends eat.
  • Backpack Safety America Month– How many pounds are too many?  What can you do about it?
  • Children’s Good Manners Month–When was the last time you heard someone compliment you for your manners?  What were you doing?
  • Library Card Sign-up Month–Sounds like I might want to read books about beavers.  I have a public library card and use it almost every week.  How about you?
  • National Sewing Month– Do you know homonyms (same sound/different meanings) for sew?  Write a paragraph, poem, or story about one or more of them.  Can you use all three homonyms for sew?
  • National Service Dog Month–Name places you have seen a service dog.  Have you heard of other pets used as service animals?  Research to learn more.
  • National Shake Month (Ice Cream)–If you could develop a new shake flavor, what would it be?  Sample a flavor you’ve never tasted.  Have you made healthy shakes?  What were the ingredients?
  • Self Improvement Month–What is something you would like to improve about yourself?  Are you willing to work at it?  What goals could you set to reach improvement?  Who could keep you encouraged?  Who would be willing to listen to you share disappointments, successes, progress, etc.?

Special Weeks in September…

  • International Enthusiasm Week: 1-7  List things that you get enthusiastic about.  How do you show enthusiasm?  Do you ever get asked to calm down?  Do you get asked to show some enthusiasm?  Discuss this with your parents.
  • National Nutrition Week: 1-7   What’s your favorite nutritious meal?  Tell a favorite food story.  Was the story about a nutritious food or junk food?  Now tell a story about something from the other category.
  • National Clean Hands Week: 20-26   What hand cleaning rules do you follow? Name three or more.  Ask friends for other rules.  What additional rules will you try?  Do you think it’s important to use good hygiene?  Why or why not?
  • National Keep Kids Creative Week: 20-26   Where do you get ideas for creating things?  What things do you like to create?  What challenges you?  What creative projects do you avoid?  Why?

Special Days in September…

  • National College Colors Day: 4 What college colors are popular in your family and why?  Does this ever cause problems?  How can families solve this?
  • National Wildlife Day:4  What wildlife lives in your area?  Tell about a time you witnessed something in nature you will never forget.
  • Pet Rock Day: 5 Have you ever had a pet rock?  A worry stone?  How can these be helpful?  What can you use when you don’t have a worry stone or a pet rock?
  • Swap Ideas Day: 10–Have you ever begun a story and then let someone else write a paragraph?  Passing a story around can be fun.  In addition to stories, what other ideas could you swap?  How could it be accomplished?
  • Grandparent’s Day: 13 (First Sunday after Labor Day) Do you have living grandparents?  How far away do they live?  How often do you see each other?  How often do you call or visit?  Tell about a special time with your grandparents.
  • Scooby-Doo Day: 13  Do you know this character?  What do you like or dislike about him?  If you could give him another name, what would it be?  Why?  What is a name you are sometimes called?  Why?
  • Play-doh Day: 16  Name five fun things you’ve done with Play-doh.  Are there things you wanted to create with Play-doh, but you didn’t?  Why not?  Do you ever mix colors?
  • Big Whopper Liar Day: 19  Is there a difference between a fib, lie, and a whopper?  Have you ever heard someone say something was “a big fat lie?”  Would that be something serious or something funny?  Why?
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day:19  Have you ever helped with International Coastal cleanup?  If that’s not possible or something you’d like to help with, what could you help clean instead?
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day: 19 What letter of the alphabet would you repeat when speaking if you talked like a pirate?  What vocabulary words would a pirate use?  Try creating a sentence or two in pirate language.  Share it with a friend.  Listen to your friend’s sentences.  How does talking like a pirate make you feel?  Why?
  • Dear Diary Day: 22  Do you keep a diary?  A journal?  What can you do to thank a person who inspired you to keep a diary?  How can you decorate your diary or where it’s stored.  How important is it to you that it be kept private?  Discuss this with your parents.
  • Ice Cream Cone Day: 22  How many scoops do you like to buy?  Waffle cone or sugar cone?  Tell a time when you were given ice cream as a treat.  Does it ever give you a “brain freeze?”
  • Punctuation Day: 24  What punctuation confuses you?  What punctuation rule is easy for you?  Create a paragraph with punctuation errors.  Ask a friend to correct it.  Is it right now?
  • Johnny Appleseed Day: 26  If Johnny Appleseed hadn’t planted apples, how would things be different today?  What might a kid bring to his teacher instead of an apple?  What would you rather have had planted instead of apple trees?  Tell why.
  • World Tourism Day: 27  Where in the world would you like to be a tourist?  What is a “tourist trap?”  How do you think the term got its name?  Name places you notice tourists in your area.  How can you tell that they are tourists?
  • National Good Neighbor Day: 28  Name ways to be a good neighbor.  Name ways people have been a good neighbor to you.  Name neighbor greetings you know.

For more September holiday celebrations visit here:  http://www.brownielocks.com/september.html

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It’s Show and Tell Friday

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 28, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “It’s Show and Tell Friday” by Linda Martin Andersen

Yesterday, my husband and I conducted free family tours across the back of our yard, which borders a creek. Can you tell who’s been to visit?

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

I teased our grandsons and niece that they could share this sighting for Show and Tell.  Actually, they’re a little old for this, but I did suggest they could raise their hands and volunteer the information.  Probably not the best idea on the first week of the school year in upper grades.

As I writer, I often hear write what you know.  Well this is something I know.  I’ve decided I should do just that.  Including this in a published picture book would be my preference, but for now, here’s my Show and Tell blog post.  ;)

What exciting nature sighting can you share?  Let’s make this our own Show and Tell Friday.

Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you! 

 

 

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Back to School and What?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 18, 2015


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“Back to School and What?” by Linda Martin Andersen

While reading the newspaper, I couldn’t help but notice all the Back to School ads.  Then as I brushed the ads to the side, I noticed an article about the Halloween store soon to reopen.  What? I had never thought of a connection between back to school and Halloween before.

Combining things that aren’t usually associated together can create an interesting story.  Tara Lazar’s recent blog post speaks of this tactic:  http://taralazar.com/2015/07/23/two-winners-plus-a-hot-video/

I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar  is a result of connecting things not usually associated together.  The story is about an alien who falls into the wrong book, a book about The Three Bears and Goldilocks.  Learn more at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdviyeWbzWI

For more about Tara’s books check here:  http://taralazar.com/taras-books/

Back to the Halloween reference–I saw a post of creative door decorations on Facebook that reminded someone of Tara Lazar’s book Monstore.  I thought I’d include it here as well.    http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/galleries/35015/monster-doors

I hope you’ll be on the lookout for things that don’t normally go together that can be joined in a fun way.  I have a couple of Back to School and Halloween connections brewing.  Hopefully, one day they’ll be published books and I can say, “Tara Lazar inspired me.”  I certainly hope so.

I’d like to give a shout out for Tara Lazar and all she shares with writers.  Thank you very much, Tara!

I look forward to hearing about fun combinations you have formed in writing stories or other comments you’d like to share.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you! 

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Dog Days of Summer Have Ended or So They Say

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 12, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “Dog Days of Summer Have Ended or So They Say” by Linda Martin Andersen

The Dog Days of summer have ended.  My thoughts on Dog Days: 

They are great days for reading about dogs and staying cool.  I did some of that.  Even though Dog Days have passed, plenty of summer reading time remains.  So why not read about dogs now?

Recently, I found great blog posts about dogs.  You might enjoy them too.  To celebrate  the debut of Maria Gianferrari’s book series, Penny &  Jelly–The School Show,

EMU members told of their favorite literary dog character here:

https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/emus-love-dogs-especially-literary-ones/

Looking for a writing prompt?

Write about an experience with a dog or other pet.  For ideas, check the ones shared by EMUs celebrating the debut of  My Dog is the Best by Laurie Thompson.  EMUs shared “what they think is the best in their lives.”

https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/lauries-book-is-the-best/

Looking for book signing tips?

EMU blogger,  Maria Gianferrari, passed along book signing tips for Penny & Jelly–The School Show.  If you’re a writer or illustrator, I recommend reading this post:

https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/top-10-book-launch-dos-a-few-donts-the-power-of-roberta/

Looking for a fun picture book about a dog? Check out this one:

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein.  A picture book told from a dog’s point of view.  Fun!

What dog books would you recommend?

Share your thoughts here.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you! 

 

 

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Top Ten Recipients of August 2015 Happiness Happens Awards

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 30, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “Top Ten Recipients of August 2015  Happiness Happens Awards” by Linda Martin Andersen

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Poster created at http://www.quozio.com  Happiness Happens Awards (selected by me for this site only)

August is…

Special Days in August:

  • Respect For Parents: 1–How do you show respect for your parents?  Name ways they show respect for you. 
  • Sandcastle Day: 1–What memories come to mind when you hear “sandcastle?”  Write or draw about that memory.  Where have you built sandcastles?  Have you ever built one in your backyard?  What materials would you need?
  • Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day: 2–Have you ever left a penny in a dish at a store or restaurant?  Have you ever taken one?    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_a_penny,_leave_a_penny
  • Watermelon Day 3:–Do you eat watermelon with a fork, spoon, knife, or by biting into the slice?  Where do you like to eat watermelon?  Inside, outside, at a picnic, or anywhere?  Does your family buy watermelon by the slice, half, or whole melon?
  • National Chocolate Chip Day: 4  What would you do with melted chocolate chips?  Sometimes people say, “It’s hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk.”  What image comes to mind if chocolate chips melted on the sidewalk instead?  Would you want to turn it into a cookie, sidewalk art, etc.  Would you taste it?  (not recommended, but then neither are mud pies)
  • Hiroshima Day: 6–When I read of this special day, I thought of an author friend–Kathleen Burkinshaw.   Check out her website and you’ll know why.   https://kathleenburkinshaw.wordpress.com/
  • Lighthouse Day: 7–Name three or more lighthouses.  Where are they located?  What lighthouses have you visited?  Which is your favorite and why?  Where have you seen lighthouse art?  On a mug?  On a keychain, on earrings, etc.  List three or more examples.
  • Tomboy Tools Day: 7 I don’t hear girls called “tomboys” much anymore.  Do you know what the word means?  Why do you think the word might not be used so often today?  Write about a time you or someone you know was teased for “acting like a boy.”
  • Twins Day: 7-9  How many twins do you know?  Do their names rhyme?  Are they identical or fraternal?  Name a favorite story, book, poem, or memory about twins.  
  • Middle Child Day: 8  What’s it like to be in the middle of a huddle?  The middle of the car?  Other middles?  What do you think it would feel like to be a middle child in a family?  Are you a middle child?  Name some advantages and some disadvantages of being a middle child.
  • Skyscraper Appreciation Day: 10  What cities do you think of with skyscrapers?  Have you ever ridden an elevator to the top of one?  What skyscraper stories can you tell?
  • Smithsonian Day: 10  Where is the Smithsonian?  Name some of the buildings or displays found there.  What would you like to visit there?  How far is the Smithsonian from where you live?
  • S’mores Day: 10 Have you ever eaten S’mores?  Have you ever prepared them to serve?  What makes this food special?  Is it one of your favorites?  Why or why not?
  • Sewing Machine Day: 12 What is a treadle machine?  What is a portable sewing machine?  Name three items that can be made on a sewing machine.  Name five supplies used when sewing.  Have you ever sewed anything by hand?  On a sewing machine?  Tell about it.  Do you know what a Cricut machine is?  Name items it can create.
  • Vinyl Record Day: 12 What is a vinyl record?  What is an album?  What piece of equipment is needed for these?  Have you ever seen any of these things?  Write about it.
  • International Lefthander’s Day: 13  What is a” leftie?”  Who do you know who is one?  What might be more difficult to do if you’re a “leftie?”  Do you anyone who was forced to do things right handed?  Name a famous “leftie” if you can.  What does it mean to be ambidextrous?
  • Cupcake Day: 17  Cupcakes have become popular recently.  Why do you think that might be so?  Have you ever seen cupcakes served instead of a wedding cake?  Tell a favorite cupcake memory.
  • Senior Citizen’s Day: 21 What joy can you bring a senior citizen today?   How can you show a senior respect?  How can you give a senior recognition today?  What way can you share love and caring for a senior today?
  • Be An Angel Day: 22 If someone says, “Be an angel and get me a glass of water,” what does that mean to you?  If someone says, “Be an angel and sit down,” what does that mean?  Give other examples.  See the definition for this idiom here:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angel
  • International Tongue Twister Day: 22 What is your favorite tongue twister?  Name others.  If I begin one, can you continue it?  Peter Piper picked a…   For more check here:  http://www.grandparents.com/grandkids/activities-games-and-crafts/tongue-twisters-for-kids
  • Tug-of-War Day: 26 When was the last time you played tug-of-war?  Have you ever played at school?  Maybe for Field Day?  Can you name a TV show, movie, book, or story with a game of tug-of-war?  Tell about a time when you played this game.
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day: 30  Name your favorite toasted food.  What way do you like to eat marshmallows?  Do you like them in hot chocolate, on top of sweet potatoes, melted in rice krispie treats, tossed in fruit salad?  Other ways?  Name a favorite memory that includes a marshmallow treat.
  • Pony Express Day: 30  Imagine you received a letter delivered by Pony Express.  Who do you think might have sent it?  How long do you think it would have taken to receive it? For more information check here:   http://www.nps.gov/poex/learn/historyculture/index.htm    Would you have wanted to be a Pony Express driver?  What caused the end of Pony Express delivery?

Special Weeks in August:

  • Simplify Your Life Week: 1-7 Name a way to simplify your life.  Is it something you can do?  Why or why not?
  • Exercise With Your Child Week: 2-8  Name a time you and your parents exercised together.  What were you doing? Did you enjoy it?  Would you do it again?
  • National Farmers’ Market Week: 2-8  Does your town have a local Farmer’s Market?  Do you buy fresh fruits and vegetables there?  Have you learned to eat something new from the market?
  • Weird Contest Week: 10-14 Name a weird contest.  I was in a $1.98 Beauty Pageant once as an adult at a school fundraiser.  Contestants were not supposed to spend over $1.98 on their costumes.  The object wasn’t to be beautiful.  It was to have fun.
  • National Aviation Week: 15-21  Orville Wright’s birthday was August 19.  This celebration falls on the week of his birthday.  Do you remember what this famous person did?  Two hints:  he had a brother.  Check the name of the special week for your second clue.

For more August celebrations, check here:  http://www.brownielocks.com/august.html

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you! 

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Who or What Inspires Your Story, Art, Career, Etc.?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 23, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “Who or What Inspires Your Story, Art, Career, Etc?”

I’d like to give a shout out to Melissa Barr, a zoo keeper who inspires me. 

If you’ve never met Melissa Barr, a zoo keeper at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, NC learn about her here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/meet-melissa-barr-a-zookeeper-at-north-carolina-zoological-park/

       Melissa Barr,

  • Happy Zoo Keepers Week (July 19-25)
  • Congratulations on a recent promotion to lead keeper at the zoo.
  • Thanks for agreeing to interviews on my blog, not once, but several times. I expect you’ll return again.
  • Thanks for inspiring my current work-in-progress–a zoo story.

 

I’d like to give a shout out to Roxanne Hannah, a fellow blogger who inspires me. 

       Roxie Hannah,

  • Thanks for posting your recent spider photo.  It inspired me to write a manuscript which includes a spider.    https://roxieh.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/lifes-garden/
  • Congratulations.  Your publishing dream is a reality:   Sunscribe is a traditional publishing company founded by me, Roxanne Hanna, a writer with over 30 years experience as an assigned ghostwriter or editor of custom writings and projects for individuals and corporations.”

       Check submission details here:  http://sunscribe.net/submissions/

  • Chapter Books July 20 – 24, 2015
  • Short Story First-person Nonfiction Narratives July 27 – 31, 2015

I’d like to give a shout out for blogging.  It inspires me. 

Sometimes, I question:  Is blogging a wise use of my time?  

My answer:  Yes, keep blogging.  It inspires me to reach out and meet zoo keepers and poet pilots, forester artists, author publishers, and others.  Blogging broadens my world.  What about yours?

I could spotlight other people or things that have inspired my writing.  How about you?  Who or what inspires your stories, art, career, etc?

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you!

 

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I Love You to the Moon and Back

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 20, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “I Love You to the Moon and Back” by Linda Martin Andersen

“This Day in History” in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. 

See here:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/armstrong-walks-on-moon?et_cid=77874313&et_rid=724205536&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.history.com%2fthis-day-in-history%2farmstrong-walks-on-moon

Today, we often hear the expression, “I love you to the moon and back.” 

I imagine you’ve seen it or heard it said recently.  Sometimes the expression is abbreviated: “To the moon and back.”  Wonder why?

Take time today to reflect on the beauty of our heavenly skies, their facts and mysteries.  I hope this post inspires you to read or write something based on this topic.  Brainstorm and choose fiction, nonfiction, poetry, related careers, space exploration, or other choices.

What do you “love to the moon and back?”

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you!

 

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Take Your Poet to Work Week–I’ll take Joy Acey

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 15, 2015


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“Take Your Poet to Work Week–I’ll Take Joy Acey” by Linda Martin Andersen

I would like to feature Joy Acey here today.  Why?  It’s “Take Your Poet to Work Week.” 

Copyright Joy Acey

Copyright Joy Acey

Notice the setting above.

Joy is at home anywhere. 

Check her bio information to learn about her many adventures.  I’ve enjoyed reading poems inspired by desert, paradise (Hawaii), Rainforest, Carolina country, morning walks, and views from her window.  I hope you will visit her often too.

This is “Take Your Poet to Work Week”…

This is where I work and Joy is the poet I’ve chosen to feature.  To kick that off, here’s one of my favorite book characters.

 Frederick  (written and illustrated by Leo Lionni)

Here is a video reading of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFCLWytjcUY

Like Frederick, Joy Acey is a poet. Joy reminds me of Frederick in that she gathers things she sees and hears and turns them into poetry.

Unlike Frederick, she creates and shares her poetry every day.  EVERY day.  Can you imagine?  I tried that for a full year once and I did accomplish it, but I wouldn’t share my poems.  Joy shares her creations on her blog every day.  Her poems brighten my life.

Joy’s post about idle hours inspired me to select her as my poet to take to work.

Even Joy Acey’s “idle hours” inspire: 

http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2015/07/idle-hours.html#comment-form

Keep writing and posting those poems, Joy.  I’m glad I can take you to work every day of the year!  Thank you for sharing poetry for kids joy, and those young at heart.

Please leave a comment and share the name of the poet you’d like to take to work with you today. 

You can take a poet with you in a book, a poem, or in your imagination, even if you can’t take them in person.  Have fun with your poet today!

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you!

 

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July 2015 and You

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 30, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “July 2015 and You” by Linda Martin Andersen

 

Here are This Month’s Top Four Recipients: July 2015 and You Awards (selected by me for this site only)

I chose “July 2015 and You” as this month’s theme to remind us that we are individuals, as well as a part of the whole.  Days bearing the words “global and international” were spotlighted.  I encourage you to check the award list and celebrate one or more of these in a special way.  Be connected to the world, as well as to your little corner of it.

Special Days to Celebrate in July..

  • U.S. Postage Stamp Day: 1  What did postage stamps cost the year you were born?   Check here for answers to many questions about the postal service:

http://about.usps.com/

  • I  Forgot Day: 2  Name three important things you forgot.  For example, a homework assignment, a friend’s birthday, etc.  Did you apologize?  Did you try to make it up somehow?  List ways to help you remember key things.
  • Fourth of July or Independence Day: 4  Even if I don’t see fireworks on this day, I celebrate in my imagination.  If you live in the USA, what ways do you celebrate this holiday?
  • Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day: 7  Share about a special time  one-on-one with a parent.
  • Global Forgiveness Day: 7  What does this mean to you?  How can you experience this?
  • Simplicity Day: 12  Name a simple, kind act you can do for someone today.   Who will receive this?
  • International Town Criers Day: 13  I am writing a story which includes a child pretending to be a town crier.  What words might a town crier say?  How does his message usually begin?  What prop might he carry?  Research to learn more about town criers and their importance in history.  Do you see town criers today?  Why or why not?
  • Take Your Poet To Work Day: 15  If you don’t know any poets personally, how could you take one to work today?  Check here for ideas toohttp://makesyoumom.com/take-your-poet-to-work-day-is-coming-july-15/
  • Celebration of The Horse Day: 18-19  Do you read horse stories?  Read one to celebrate.  Visit horse stables in your area, a rodeo, or other events with horses.  Research horses. 
  • Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day: 18  What positive statements could you make instead?  For example:  I made a wise decision when I… I am proud that I….I made a positive difference when I…
  • Global Hug Your Kid Day: 20  Kids, I hope you receive lots of hugs today.  Adults, I hope you receive some also.
  • Moon Day: 20  What would you like to learn about the moon today?  Check  websites, books,  the night sky, visit a planetarium, study through a telescope.  Read picture book about the moon.  Share one with a child.    Carol Baldwin, a writer friend, shared a link to School Tube on her blog.  Kevin Costner and Jullian Estell read Catching the Moon:  The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream (Marcenia Lyle)by Crystal Hubbard and Randy DuBurke.  Enjoy.

http://www.schooltube.com/video/e57d1a4b476441ec8c02/Catching%20the%20Moon%20read%20by%20Kevin%20Costner%20and%20Jillian%20Estell

Did you know there are moon flowers? See here:  http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/moonflower/growing-moonflowers.htm

  • Space Exploration Day: 20  Brainstorm space words.  Choose one as your space word of the day.   Draw, write, read about the word you selected.  Who can you share your experiences with? 
  • National Lollipop Day: 20 Would you like to see how Dum-Dums are made?  How many do you think are made a day?  See here:

http://www.dumdumpops.com/games-videos/videos/how-dum-dums-are-made

  • International Cake Day: 20  What if everyone in the world ate cake today or at least some bread?  We’d all have that much in common.  What else do you think you might have in common with everyone else?  What type cake would you nominate for this day?  If you know people in other countries, invite them to celebrate with cake on this day. 
  • Tell An Old Joke Day: 24  What’s the oldest joke you know?  One about a chicken and a road?  A knock-knock joke?  Want to know some more old jokes?  See here:  http://lajollamom.com/kid-friendly-knock-knock-jokes/
  • Carousel Day or Merry-Go-Round Day: 25–How old were you when you rode your first Merry-G0-Round?  Where were you?  Did you pick your seat or was it assigned?  Can you describe the animal you rode?  Did you ride alone or with an adult by your side?  Have you ridden a Merry-Go-Round since that day? 
  • National Dance Day: 25  Name your favorite dance.  Have you ever taken dance lessons?  Have you attended a dance recital? Whose?  Have you participated in a dance recital?  Teach someone a dance step or two or earn a dance step or two yourself. 
  • National Day of the Cowboy : 25  Brainstorm cowboy words.  Name an actor who plays a cowboy.  What movie or TV show was he in?  Do you have a favorite Western movie or TV program?  Ask your parents to name theirs. 
  • Video Games Day: 25  What games do you play?  Tell about a day when you played video games with a friend?  What happened? 
  • Walk on Stilts Day: 27  Have you ever seen anyone walk on stilts?  Where were you? Have you ever read a book about performers?  Check the library for books about circus performers.  Check for information about stilts.   
  • International Day of Friendship: 30  Do you have any friends in other countries?  How do you know them?  How do you keep in touch?  Have you been to your friend’s country?  What keeps your friendship going? 
  •  Paperback Book Day: 30  How many paperback books do you own?  Do you prefer hardback books or paperbacks and why?  Pull out one of your favorite  paperback books and read it today. 

 

Special Weeks in July…

National Zoo Keeper Week: 19-25  A big shout out to my favorite zoo keeper:  Melissa Barr.  Learn about her here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/meet-melissa-barr-a-zookeeper-at-north-carolina-zoological-park/

World Lumberjack Championships: 23-25  Have you ever been to a lumberjack championship?  What events would you expect to see?  Research to learn more.  To see an earlier guest blog post by Tim Livingston featuring some lumberjack events check here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/timber-sports-lumberjack-skills-in-axetion/

 

July is…

National Grilling Month

National Ice Cream Month

National Hot Dog Month

National Parks & Recreation Month

Sandwich Generation Month

Name your favorites for each of these categories or name an example you’ve never experienced and why you’d like to try it. 

For a broader list of special days to celebrate,  visit:  http://www.brownielocks.com/july.html

I hope you’ll leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping in.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you!

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Where Are You Hanging Out This Summer?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 25, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “Where Are You Hanging Out This Summer?”

Are you hanging out by the pool, the beach, with friends, at the mall, etc.?

For more definitions of “hanging out,” check here:  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hanging+out

Windsocks are often hanging out…

A windsock can be a decorative yard ornament.

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

 

OR windsocks can serve as a device that shows the direction and strength of the wind at airfields.

This morning, I observed one of Nature’s Windsocks 

I saw an elm leaf suspended in the air and twirling in the breeze–one of nature’s windsocks.  I approached for a closer look.   The leaf hung from a spider’s thread.  The leaf was a hitch-hiker going for a free ride.  It was hanging out in the air.  Cool, huh?

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

 

Looking for a little summer science study?

  • Why do spiders dangle a leaf from their webs or does the wind blow them there?  At the Physics Forums site listed below, leaves like these are called Christmas ornaments or toys.  Reference:

https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/why-do-spiders-dangle-a-leaf-from-their-webs.539341/

Looking for a summer craft activity? 

 Looking for a summer writing prompt?

  • Write about a leaf caught in a spider’s thread and show how the leaf might explain his behavior.  What will leaf’s response be if Mother Leaf asks:
  1. It’s about time you showed up.  Where have you been?  I’ve been worried sick about you.
  2. Did you get lost?
  3. Did you follow the flight plan we talked about?
  4. Did you tell your brother and sisters goodbye or just float on away?
  5. Did you remember to dry yourself after the rain shower last night?
  • What are some silly responses leaf could give?  For example, I was just hanging out/around.
  • What other plants/trees can show the direction of the wind and its strength, like a windsock?  Write a story about one of them.

Share something you wrote based on this post or an experience you had with one of nature’s windsocks. 

Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Comments are appreciated.  If you’re under 13 years old, please ask a trusted adult to post for you.

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