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Archive for December, 2013

Show and Tell for All Ages…

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 29, 2013


“Show and Tell for All Ages…” by Linda Martin Andersen

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Have you ever played “Show and Tell?”  It is a favorite in most lower elementary grades. “The Remaining Gift” by Starr Ayers is a devotion that shares a variation of this game.  What a lovely holiday tradition.  Check here:

http://christiandevotions.us/tag/starrayers/

Let’s talk:  What item could you bring for “Show and Tell” this year?  I’d share a stack of cards sent to my husband and me during his illness.  I’d say a big thank you to all who have sent prayers and best wishes our way.   

Thank You!

I encourage you to let this game impact your New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Visualize the “Show and Tell” you’d like to share at the end of 2014.  Then set your goal(s).  What tangible object will remind you of your goal(s)?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend. I appreciate any children who visit this site, but if you are 13 or under, you must not leave a comment. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm 

Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Winner of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 22, 2013


“Winner of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

The drawing was held and a winner was selected.  A copy of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein goes to…

Tracy Campbell.  Congratulations, Tracy!  You’ll love your prize.

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For more about what gingerbread houses and Ann Eisenstein’s mystery stories have in common, check here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/detective-stories-and-gingerbread-houses/

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Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Congratulations to Tracy Campbell, the winner of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein.   Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

I appreciate any children who visit this site, but if you are 13 or under, you may not leave a comment. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Haiku for You

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 22, 2013


“Haiku for You” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

On my December 1 blog post, I made these comments about National Haiku Poetry Day:  National Haiku Poetry Day:  22 What is a haiku poem?  What is the formula?  Where can you find this information?  Now that you know how write a haiku, pick a winter topic and write one of your own.

I love haiku poetry and so I invited some of my favorite haiku poets to discuss this art form, share their work, and inspire you to write your own.

It is my pleasure to present three guest poets.  Please join me in welcoming … Maureen Wartski, Joy Acey, and Robyn Black.  

Maureen will introduce us to the history and form of haiku, followed by haiku poetry about winter or Christmas.

Guest #1:  Maureen Wartski

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Have you suddenly stopped  whatever you were doing because you saw or felt something that caught your attention and made you suddenly aware ? That awareness is  a ‘haiku moment,’ an instant when you want to somehow express your perception and share it with others. For example, a simple observation written by the great Basho many years ago allows us to feel and understand what the poet saw so many years ago:

 First snow

falling

On the half-finished bridge.

Basho

Haiku has its roots in Japan’s Heian period (700-1100) when a knowledge and appreciation of Chinese poetry was de rigeur in high society. Eventually, a poetic form called the tanka, a 5-7-5 triplet followed by a seven syllable couplet, took hold.  Nobles who sat around viewing cherry blossoms while drinking sake elaborated on the tanka, but by the mid sixteenth century ordinary folk developed a ‘peasant’ poetry that was truly Japanese. Called haikai, this ‘peasant’ poem consisted of a beginning triplet called hokku followed by a linked poem. Eventually in the 17th  century, Basho shed the linked poem. The hokku, which needed a seasonal word and an ‘aha’ moment at the end became known as an independent poem called haiku.  

I have always enjoyed reading and writing haiku. When I was a little girl in Japan, I used to put together (very bad) haiku in my head. Later, I continued to enjoy the  sparse and elegant form of this poetic form. Short, quick, sometimes surprising, haiku goes to the heart of any experience. It paints a picture, offers an observation. And often the triplet of 5-7-5—or, occasionally 7-7-5 syllables stays in the heart or the mind for a long, long time.

As for the season word needed in a haiku, they needn’t be complicated. For winter, this can be as simple as ‘cold, cool, north wind, snow, sleet, etc. ’ or delve deeper with ‘withered garden, cough, frozen butterfly, holly berry, etc.’  I’ve used a lot of season words because I have been writing a haiku a day for some time, culling them at the end of the year into a work called ‘A Year of Haiku’. Here are a couple of winter poems from Volume Three, Echoes.

 Here are poems by Maureen Wartski:

Frostbitten flowers

Curl their petals inward

Guarding memories.

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Maybe up for rent…

Abandoned bird’s nest on that branch

Is covered with snow.

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And the last one of the year, written on New Year’s Eve:

The year is ending

Memories of hours past

Are gentle echoes.

I invite you to visit Maureen’s blog where she shares life experiences through conversation, haiku, and art quilts.  Lovely!

http://maureenwartski.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/meeting-a-grateful-man/

 

 Guest #2:  Joy Acey

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Since I will be in Kauai, Hawaii  for the holiday–

Cook Island pine trees

swish with tropical breezes

Mele Kalikimaka

The Cook Island pines are about the only pine tree one will see in the
islands.  They were brought to Hawaii when Captain Cook came to the
islands.  They are tall and quick growing.  Since the Captain sailed on
masted ships, it was thought the Cook Island pine would work for mast
replacement if the main mast got broken in a storm. In the last line,
the Hawaiian “Merry Christmas” is more than 5 syllables, but it is the
perfect way to end this haiku, so I bent the rules.

But I do live in the desert, so Christmas means artificial trees. (Live
trees have a hard time withstanding our heat.  They drop their needles
too quickly.)

stacking tumbleweeds

three high to spray with white paint

making a snowman

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round sweet naval orange

hangs heavily in the toe

of your Christmas sock

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collected pennies

gone from the glass Mason jar

a happy Christmas

Every day, Joy Acey posts a poem for children at http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2013/12/smile.html It is one of my favorite places to visit.  She encourages children to write poetry too.  Joy shares a variety of poems.  Some are haiku.
 

Guest #3:  Robyn Hood Black

Robyn Black--Haiku poet

In a recent blog post, Robyn hosted Haiku Society of America President, David G. Lanouse.  He shared poems by Issa, haiku poet of Japanese tradition.  http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm?post=938974

blooming

with butterflies

the dead tree.

Issa

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Robyn shares some of her haiku below:

winter moon

branch lines crisscross

the grass

©Robyn Hood Black

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winter chill

turkey vultures circling

one of their own

©Robyn Hood Black, The Heron’s Nest, June 2012

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winter rain

the fine print

smaller each year

©Robyn Hood Black, Chrysanthemum, April 2012

I met Robyn at a poetry workshop for writers that she organized.  Thanks to Robyn, I have a poetic license, along with everyone else who attended.  How fun!

For more about Robyn, check these links.  http://www.robynhoodblack.com  Haiku Page Link:  http://www.robynhoodblack.com/haiku_113533.htm  Blog Link http://www.robynhoodblack.com/blog.htm (Check for a series completed on Dec. 20 called “We Haiku Here,” featuring speakers from the recent Haiku Society of America Southeast Region conference):  Twitter:  @artsyletters  Art blog:  artsyletters.com  Etsy store features her original gifts for readers and writers & “literary art with a vintage vibe”: https://www.etsy.com/shop/artsyletters

Maureen, Joy, and Robyn, thank you being guests here today and for sharing your poems. Happy National Haiku Poetry Day.  Thanks for making this day very special.  

Please leave a comment about one or more of the haiku poems above or share one of your own.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

I appreciate any children who visit this site, but you must be 14 or older to leave a comment according to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

 

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Christmas Crossword Puzzle for Crossword Puzzle Day

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 21, 2013


“A Christmas Crossword Puzzle for Crossword Puzzle Day–December 21, 2013” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

Crossword Puzzle Day:  21  Do you like crossword puzzles?  Do you complete the ones in the newspaper?  Do you buy crossword puzzle books?  You can create your own at  www.puzzlemaker.com or other sites. 

For ten years, I developed a variety of activities for children’s bulletins for my church.  At times, I created Crossword puzzles based on the sermon theme and scripture. This service project brought me great joy.  

Here is a Christmas crossword puzzle I’d like to share.  Maybe, you’d be interested in creating activities for children in your church.  Perhaps a youth group would like to volunteer in this way.  

Christmas Crossword Puzzle–Luke 2: 8-12

Joan Y. Edwards, a dear friend and published author, offers Gospel-related crossword puzzles with devotions for all three liturgical cycles/years for Bible study on her website. Play and solve puzzles online or print them out. If you want to print multiple copies, please remember to ask permission. Check here:

 http://www.joanyedwards.com/crossword.html

Enjoy Crossword Puzzle Day.  Create a puzzle.  Solve a puzzle.  Share a puzzle. 

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  I’d love to hear your comments.  Let others know how you use crossword puzzles–for learning new vocabulary words, spelling word lists, and creating comprehension questions for stories.  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

I appreciate any children who visit this site, but you must be 14 or older to leave a comment according to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Gingerbread Houses and a Holiday Contest

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 12, 2013


“Gingerbread Houses and a Holiday Contest–December 12, 2013” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

December 12, 2013 is Gingerbread House Day.  I am posting a story that I wrote for a holiday contest today.  I decided to include something about gingerbread.

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The contest is organized by Susanna Leonard Hill.  It’s her 3rd annual holiday contest.  Here are the guidelines.  There’s still time to enter.

http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2013/12/ho-ho-ho-3rd-annual-holiday-writing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SusannaLeonardHill+%28Susanna+Leonard+Hill%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

I have never entered this holiday contest before, but I decided to give it a try this year.  Here’s a link to my entry:

THE RUNAWAY GINGERBREAD MAN AND WOMAN


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I appreciate any children who visit this site, but if you are 14 or under, you may not leave a comment. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

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Detective Stories and Gingerbread Houses

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 11, 2013


“Detective Stories and Gingerbread Houses–December 12, 2013” by Linda Martin Andersen

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

December 12, 2013 is Gingerbread House Day.  When I learned this, I thought of gingerbread, gingerbread house contests, the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, and even detective stories.  Although Hansel and Gretel were not detectives, they demonstrated detective skills when they marked their trail, managed to escape dangerous situations, outsmarted the old witch, and finally found what they were searching for–home.

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Have you ever been lost?  Have you ever had to escape a dangerous situation?  Do you enjoy reading mysteries and detective stories?  If so, I have a treat for you, even better than gingerbread.  Sean Gray, Junior Special Agent, solves mysteries in a series written by Ann Eisenstein.

“Ann is the author of Hiding Carly, a Sean Gray Junior Detective Mystery (Peak City Publishing, 2012) in which she applied the skills and knowledge gained through the FBI Citizen’s Academy to tell the story of reuniting a missing child with her mother. Book two of the three part series, Fallen Prey, a Sean Gray Junior Detective Mystery (Peak City Publishing, 2013), tells the story of the dangers of internet predators.” 

Too bad Hansel and Gretel didn’t have access to Ann Eisenstein when they were led from home and abandoned in the dark forest.  Fortunately for you, you don’t have to be left out.  

Register to win a copy of Fallen Prey by Ann Eisenstein, pictured here. Leave a comment below.  The winner will be announced on December 21, 2013. Please leave your email address so I may contact the winner.

Ann-Eisenstein

Ann taught elementary school in Ohio and California before obtaining her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Wright State University, in Fairborn, Ohio. As a psychologist, she served in school systems in Texas, California, Michigan, and South Carolina, in adolescent psychiatric treatment facilities, in private practice, and for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She taught college level Psychology in Columbia, SC, where she currently resides.

Ann is not only an author, she is available for workshops and public speaking.  See here:

Workshops & Speaking

  • Cyber Crime and Cyber Safety
  • Bullying and Hate Crimes
  • Missing, Endangered and Exploited Children
  • Mental Health Issues, including suicide
  • Stress management
  • Grief, loss and separation
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Behavior management and intervention
  • School Issues, including Threat Assessment, School Violence, Crisis Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Cyber safety

Learn much more about Ann Eisenstein here:  www.anneisenstein.com.

Ann Eisenstein Links you might want to use:

FB Author Page: Ann E Eisenstein

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-E-Eisenstein/186470361389878?ref=ts

FB Character Page:  Sean Gray JSA

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sean-Gray-JSA/163101783756931

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/@authorann

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ann-eisenstein/9/814/964

Google+: https://plus.google.com/102596304940399130499?hl=en#me/posts

YouTube: Sean Gray, Junior Special Agent (JSA), Book One: Hiding Carly video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5AoAbG5C84

Purchase Hiding Carly:

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All major bookstores and online at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Carly-Junior-Special-Agent-ebook/dp/B00AOCTZ78/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386250128&sr=1-1&keywords=hiding+carly

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hiding-carly-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mystery-ann-e-eisenstein/1114830498?ean=9781935711278

Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Hiding-Carly-Sean-Gray-Special/Ann-Eisenstein/9781935711254?id=5784720193074

Peak City Publishing: http://www.peakcitypublishing.co/#!product/prd2/567847921/hiding-carly%2C-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mys

Purchase Fallen Prey:

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Soon to be available at all major bookstores and online at:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Junior-Special-Mystery-Volume/dp/1935711318/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1386250656&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fallen-prey-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mystery-ann-eisenstein/1117372431?ean=9781935711315

Books-A-Million:  http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fallen-Prey-Sean-Gray-Junior/Ann-Eisenstein/9781935711315?id=5784720193074

Peak City Publishing:

http://www.peakcitypublishing.co/#!product/prd2/1198043901/fallen-prey%2C-a-sean-gray-junior-special-agent-mys

Both books are also available through Follett and Ingram

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Leave a comment about mysteries, detectives, or gingerbread and you’ll be registered to win a copy of Fallen Prey.   Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

I appreciate any children who visit this site, but if you are 14 or under, you may not leave a comment. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm  Perhaps an adult would comment for you.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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Wrap up the Year with December Activities

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 1, 2013


“Wrap up the Year with December Activities” by Linda Martin Andersen

December 1, 2013

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  Before we get started, I’d like to announce the winner of the “Mother Goose on the Loose” contest.  Thanks to all who participated.  And the winner is….Tracy Campbell.  Congratulations!  Your song book should arrive soon.

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

Think:  What does the word “December” bring to mind?

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. What else?  Check the list here and choose an activity that wraps up the year and keeps the kids busy while out for the holidays.  

 Special Days in December:

  • Civil Air Patrol Day:  1  Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded in 1941 to spot enemy submarines in WWII.  It is a volunteer patrol auxiliary for the US Air Force.  Today it provides inland search and rescue missions and promotes aerospace education for youth.  Where can you learn more?

  • Rosa Parks Day:  1  Read a short biography about Rosa Parks.  Think of five or more trivia questions based on your reading.  Ask your parent/teacher/friend your trivia questions.  

  • National Mutt Day:  2  Do you love dog books?  What’s a favorite story or book about a mutt?  Do you know this song?  “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” by Patti Page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkLE4X-bbU

  • Special Education Day:  2  Do you know any students in special education classes?  How can you show them respect?  

  • National Cookie Day:  4  What’s your favorite cookie?  Can you bake some?  Have you ever doubled a batch?  Have you ever been out of an ingredient and made a substitution? What are some common substitutions?  Can you find a list of substitutions in a cookbook or online?

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  • World Wildlife Conservation Day:  4  What comes to mind when you hear wildlife conservation?  In what ways can you make a positive difference for wildlife?

  • Bathtub Party Day:  5  Explain to each family member what day it is.  Do you have a rubber ducky at your house?  If so, use it in a bath.  Pass the rubber ducky along to other family members, even the adults.  After their baths, ask if anyone sang or played with the duck. Why do you think this might happen? 

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  • Miners’ Day:  6  Ask your parents if they ever had a relative who worked in a coal mine?  Where?  Do they know any stories about working there?  If not, research coal mining.

  • National Pawnbrokers Day:  6  Look in the yellow pages of a phone book.  How many pawn shops are listed?  Ask your parents if the number of pawn shops is on the rise or decline in your area.  Why do you think this could be true?  Discuss it with your parents.

  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:  7  Why is Pearl Harbor Day remembered?  What makes it different from other war battles?  

  • National Cotton Candy Day:  7  What color cotton candy have you seen and eaten?  Would color would you order?  Why?  What does cotton candy cost in your area?  Where can you buy it?  What are the ingredients?  Is it a health food?  Why or why not?

  • Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day:  8  Name a movie where a character traveled in time. Which way would you like to travel in time–to the past or future?  Why?  What would you want to do when you arrived?  Which of your favorite foods do you think might be available?  Why?

  • Dewey Decimal System Day:  10  What is the Dewey Decimal System?  Tell how things are different in libraries today than when there was a card catalog?  If you do not know, ask your parents.

  • Human Rights Day:  10  Name a group of people who had their human rights taken from them.  Did they get them back?  If they did, how?  

  • Gingerbread House Day:  12  Have you ever eaten gingerbread?  Was it cake, cookies, or a house?  Name things that might decorate a gingerbread house.  See how many items you can list in one minute.  

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  • Monkey Day:  14  Pretend to have a pet monkey today.  What would you feed it?  How would you keep it safe?  Where would it sleep, etc.  Describe your day to someone.  

  • Bill of Rights Day:  15  What is the Bill of Rights?  Name three places where you can read about it.  

  • National Chocolate-covered Anything Day:  16  If you could spread chocolate on one thing that’s not normally chocolate, what would it be?  Who would you share it with?

  • Wright Brothers Day:  17  If you were writing a book about the Wright Brothers, what title would you choose?  Research the Wright Brothers and create two more titles.  Now, which is your favorite?  Why?  

  • International Migrants Day:  18  Ask your parents if anyone in your family has ever been a migrant worker.  What is a migrant worker?  

  • Crossword Puzzle Day:  21  Do you like crossword puzzles?  Do you buy books to complete?  Create your own crossword puzzle about December or a special day this month.  Use www.puzzlemaker.com or other sites for your creation. 

  • Humbug Day:  21  What does it mean to say, “Humbug?”  What book or movie character have you heard use this expression?  When have you been a humbug?  Why? 

  • World Peace Day:  21 Research the reason for this day.  How is it remembered?  With ribbons? Candles in the window?

  • National Haiku Poetry Day:  22  What is a haiku poem?  What is the formula?  Where can you find this information?  Now that you know how write a haiku, pick a winter topic and write one of your own.

  • Christmas:  25  Why is this day celebrated by Christians?  What traditions, if any, do you participate in at this holiday? Do you exchange gifts?  Do you attend church services? 

  • National Thank-you Note Day:  26  If you received gifts this holiday season,  will you send thank-you notes?  Will you design them yourself?  Will you email or send it through the postal service?

  • Pledge of Allegiance Day:  28  Where do you hear this recited?  Who leads it?  What books have you read that mention the flag of a country?  What are ways countries honor their flags?

  • Tick Tock Day:  29  What does this remind you of?  What songs, rhymes, animals, and things come to mind?  How do you think this day should be celebrated?  Name two words that rhyme and go along with this theme.  

  • Make Up Your Mind Day:  31  What does it mean to be “sitting on the fence or straddling the fence?”  What can you do when you can’t make up your mind?

  • New Years Eve:  31  Have you set any New Year’s resolutions?  Is there something you’d like to learn to do or an improvement you’d like to make?  Tell about it.

  • No Interruptions Day:  31  Name one or more interruptions you could avoid today.  How will you do it?  At the end of the day, share with someone what you hoped to do and tell if it worked or not.  Explain why.

  • Universal Hour of Peace Day:  31 Celebrated from 11:30 p.m. on December 31, 2013 to–12:30 a.m. January 1, 2014.  The goal is to create peace throughout the planet though peaceful thoughts and actions.  http://www.peacedome.org/UniversalPeaceCovenant/UniversalHourPeace/UHPStory.html

  • World Peace Meditation Day: 31 What is mediation?  How is it different from prayer?  

Special Weeks in December:

  • Cookie Cutter week:  1-7  Do you have a favorite cookie cutter?  Tie it to your Christmas tree. Consider making cookies to hang from your tree or simple paper designs such as stars and hearts.  

  • Tolerance Week:  1-7 What does it mean to be tolerant?  What words come to mind when you hear this spoken?  Name positive examples of tolerance in your town, school, and home.  What improvements could be made?  What could you do?

  • National Hand washing Awareness Week:  1-7  During cold and flu season, it is especially important to follow good hand washing.  How do you do that?  What steps do you need to improve?  Where can you learn more about this?

  • Human Rights Week:  10-17  See the post below for Universal Human Rights Month. 

  • Kwanzaa:  26–1/1  This holiday celebrates African-American and Pan-African communities.  The official website is here:  http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

December is…

  • Bingo’s Birthday Month  What is the history of this game?  What types of Bingo have you played?  Alphabet, multiplication, rhyming words?  Others?

  • National Tie Month  Have you ever bought your father a tie for a gift?  Did he wear it?  Tell a tie story.  I have one:  Once a neighbor came to our front door and asked if my husband was home.  The neighbor was wearing a necktie around his neck.  He was going to a wedding later that day and did not know how to tie a necktie.  He had noticed that my husband wore ties to work.  My husband tied the man’s necktie so he could go to the wedding well dressed.

  • Universal Human Rights Month  What are universal human rights?  How can you learn more about this? Please visit the United Nations website below to view the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted in 1948 following WWII.   

  • http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr

*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for December celebration information.  For more December observances check out:  http://www.brownielocks.com/DECEMBER2013.html

Let’s talk:  Choose one or more of the conversation starters above and leave a comment.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

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