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Archive for June, 2014

Passing Along A Recipe for a Mystery

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 25, 2014


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

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What Time Is It? 

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

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

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

 

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

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It’s June and Time to Challenge Your Brain

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 11, 2014


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

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What Time Is It? 

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

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

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

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

  • http://tinyurl.com/mt2hv94

http://penciltipswritingworkshop.blogspot.com/2014/06/writers-retreat.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PencilTipsWritingWorkshop+%28PENCIL+TIPS+WRITING+WORKSHOP%29

 

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

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

 

Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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June Weddings and Other June Celebrations

Posted by lindamartinandersen on June 1, 2014


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

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

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/11/listerine-popularized-the-phrase-always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride/

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

Other June Observances:


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

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

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

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

 

Special Weeks in June..

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

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

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

 

Special Days in June…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen

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