“April Inspired a Poem…” 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.
Just for fun…Choose a month. I chose April, which is National Poetry Month. List the sequence of months that follow and let that inspire a poem. Here’s mine:
April, May, June, July–
Decided to make an apple pie.
Baked, cooled, and sampled it.
Naughty me–didn’t share a bit.
Sharing about some favorite blogs…
- Recently, I subscribed to a poet’s weekly blog post. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s blog is called The Poem Farm. Visit her blog here:
- When I was a child, my grandfather used to say that if the first words spoken in a new month were, “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit,” you would have good luck. Occasionally, I remembered. When I read Tim Livingston’s recent post entitled “Forestry Friday…Otter, Otter, Otter,” the title’s repetition reminded me of the rabbit superstition. Perhaps saying otter three times will bring you good luck or fun, fun, fun. Tim’s blog is definitely, a fun site to visit.
- Another recent favorite is Mary Livingston’s blog. She’s Tim’s wife. See her terrific spring art here:
- To read more about saying “rabbit,” check out these sites:
Confederate History Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
Keep America Beautiful
Month of the Young Child
Math Awareness Month –Here are two math poems:
Month of the Military Child
National Child Abuse Prevention Month National
Card and Letter Writing Month
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month As a child, this was one of my favorite things served in the school cafeteria. What is one of your favorite dishes?
National Garden Month
National Humor Month
National Kite Month Have you ever flown a kite? If not, I hope you won’t let April slip past without trying it.
National Poetry Month Enjoy Joy Acey’s reading of one of her poems: “How Tall is the Boy?” http://www.nowaterriver.com/portfolio/poetry-videos/
Straw Hat Month Describe your favorite hat and tell where you like to wear it.
Stress Awareness Month
Special Weeks in April…
Golden Rule Week: 1-7 Can you quote the golden rule? What helps you keep it?
Bat Appreciation Week: 6-12 (First Full Week)
National Library Week: 13-19 (2nd full week)
National Park Week: 19-27 How many can you name? How many have you visited?
Bedbug Awareness Week: 20-26
Coin Week: 20-26 ( 3rd Full Week)
International Whistlers Week: 20-26 Check out music by Phyllis Heil, my favorite whistler. http://www.thewhistlingwoman.com/
National Playground Safety Week: 21-25
Special Days in April…
April Fools or All Fools Day: 1
National Fun Day: 1
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: 2 What flavor jelly do you like with your peanut butter? Do you ever eat honey instead?
Find A Rainbow Day: 3 I know where to see a rainbow any day. Check Laura Renegar’s blog: My Side of the Rainbow. http://laurarenegar.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-pitmad-victory-winters-hibernation.html#comment-form
Pony Express Day: 3
Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day: 3
“Sorry Charlie” Day: 6
Winston Churchill Day: 9
D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read): 12 What are you reading now?
National Dolphin Day: 14
Jackie Robinson Day: 15
Ellis Island Family History Day: 17
National Haiku Poetry Day: 17 Included here in memory of Maureen Wartski, a dear, departed friend who wrote haiku poetry and shared it with her readers: http://maureenwartski.wordpress.com
Poem In Your Pocket Day: 17
Earth Day: 22
Eeyore’s Birthday Day: 26 Do you know who Eeyore is? Where does he live? Name two of his friends. Which one are you most like? Why?
Richter Scale Day: 26 What does this scale measure? Why is it important?
Save The Frogs Day: 26 My husband loves frogs. Do you? Why do you think there is a day for saving the frogs? Research to learn more.
Holocaust Remembrance Day: 27 What have you read that tells of this period in history?
Bugs Bunny Day: 30
*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for celebration information. For more, check out: http://www.brownielocks.com/april.html
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