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WELCOME A NEW FRIEND

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 22, 2013


“WELCOME A NEW FRIEND” 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.

Kids + Playground = Fun

Or does it?

One year, my older grandson held his birthday party at a community park.  A picnic table provided a spot for refreshments and the park provided the entertainment.  Several of his friends  and a kid who was visiting the park, joined in to shoot baskets and other activities.  It was good to see the birthday party guests welcome  a new friend.  In a split second, the group had to decide whether to accept this person or to tell him to get lost.  Thank goodness they welcomed him.

Have you ever seen kids go from having fun on the playground to being aggressive, sometimes with their best friend? How does it happen?  What makes them turn on each other?  Sometimes, they don’t use self-control, especially if things don’t go their way. 

When I was an elementary School Counselor in Cumberland County, NC, students studied character traits each month. 

January’s character trait is self-discipline, which is defined as self-control.

Instead of suggesting a book title on the topic this month, I have a poem for you.

Joy Acey, a poet and friend, wrote a poem called “My Anger.”  She granted me permission to post it here.  I hope it helps you look at anger in a different way.  Please visit Joy’s website called “Poetry For Kids’ Joy” at http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-anger.html You’ll find the poem and activities she suggests for it.

Self-discipline--My Anger--Joy Acey

Questions for Discussion:

1.  Who is the new friend in the poem?

2.  Who did you expect the new friend to be?

3.  In what ways does the person change when he/she gets angry?

4.  Why does the author talk about a “knot?”

5.  What happens when the person holds in anger?

6.   Why does the author call “anger” a friend? Do you?

7.  What words might anger say when it let’s you know something isn’t right?

         Anger might say, “I’m ____________________ you.”

         Tell why here:________________________________________________________________.

8.  Tell about a time a friend helped when you were angry.

9.  Tell about a time you helped a friend who was angry.  How did it make you feel?

10.  What is a temper tantrum?  Does the person in the poem have these?  Explain.

Please share your answers in the comment section below.

Thank you, Joy Acey, for granting permission to post your poem.  It’s just perfect for a discussion about self-discipline. 

CALLING ALL POETS…For more wonderful poems visit “Poetry for Kids Joy” at www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com for a daily poem and a place for you to post your own.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Please come again soon.  Bring a friend. 

Coming soon:  A guest blog by Joyce Hostetter, children’s book author.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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August 2012 Activities

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 1, 2012


“August 2012 Activities” 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.

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

  • End of summer vacation
  • School supplies, fall clothes, backpacks, and all things Back to School.
  • Tax Free Weekend–Here’s a link to Department of Revenue in North Carolina.  Check to see if your state participates.  http://www.dor.state.nc.us/press/2012/salesholiday.html

What else happens in August?  Choose one of the conversation starters below and leave a comment.

Special Days in August:

  • Respect for Parents:  1  What’s one way you show your parents respect?  What’s one way you can improve?
  • World Wide Web Day:  1  Brainstorm internet terms.  Name ways the internet has made positive and negative differences.  Use the internet to connect with family and friends near and far away.
  • Watermelon Day:  3  List the products you know with watermelon flavor.  Which would you recommend to a friend?
  • National Chocolate Chip Day:  4  What can you add chocolate chips to today?  Pancakes, cookies, trailmix, etc.
  • National Mustard Day:  4 (1st Saturday)  Read the parable of the mustard seed.  What do you think it means?  Do you like hotdogs and hamburgers with or without mustard?  Do you like honey mustard or spicy mustard? 
  • Social Security Day:  4 Ask your parents or grandparents to explain what Social Security is.  Do they predict it will exist in the future?  What would they recommend be done, if anything?
  • Friendship Day:  5 (1st Sunday) Visit again on Friendship Day for an interview with Julie Bowe. Also, enter a giveaway for a signed copy of My Extra Best Friend, the last book in her “Friends for Keeps” Series.
  • National Kids’ Day:  5 (1st Sunday) What would be your idea of a picture perfect Kids’ Day?
  • Vinyl Record Day:  12 Ask your parents or grandparents about the history, size, and speed of vinyl records.  Does anyone you know collect these?  Have you ever played one on a record player?
  • International Lefthander’s Day:  13  Research names of people who are lefthanded.   Tell of a time you noticed a left-hander doing something differently from a righthander.  What are other things they do differently?
  • Poet’s Day:  21  I know a poet who writes a poem a day for kids and posts it on her blog.   She told me that she wished she could eat a sandwich with her favorite poet for Poet’s Day.  I can’t arrange that, but maybe I can persuade you to share one of your poems with her. Follow this link to meet Joy Acey, the Princess of Poetry:  http://www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/ Leave her a comment.  Follow her blog and begin writing poetry every day like Joy.
  • Senior Citizen’s Day:  21  What is a senior citizen?  Make a list of all the senior citizens you know.  Do they live in a rest home, nursing home, at home, with family members?  Do you have senior citizens in your neighborhood?  In your church?  How can you help seniors?  Get your parents’ permission first.

Special Weeks in August:

  • International Clown Week:  1-7 Do you know anyone who is afraid of clowns?  What is that fear called?  What is your most pleasant memory of a clown?  What is your favorite book with a clown?  Read it again.  What fast food restaurant(s) uses a clown character for advertising?  Where else do you see clowns?
  • Exercise With Your Child Week:  6-12  What type exercise does your family do together?  What would you like to do together?  Why not ask?
  • National Scrabble Week:  11-15  Have you ever played Scrabble?  Other word games?  Have you ever visited a library for a game night there?  Does your family play board games together?  Why not start a board game club?
  • National Aviation Week 15-21 Visit Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC, home of the first successful airplane flight in 1903.  Check their website:  http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm  The park schedules events for kids including homemade kite flying and a way to earn Junior Ranger badges.  Read a book about Wilbur and Orville Wright.
  • Little League Baseball World Series:  17-26 Research the history of Little League Baseball.  Have you ever played for a baseball team?  What position did you play?  Tell about a favorite memory.
  • Be Kind to Humankind Week:  25-31 What are random acts of kindness?  Try one.  Get parent permission first.
  • National Safe at Home Week:  27-31 (Last M-F Week)  Do you have a home safety plan?  A fire escape plan?  Create and post an evacuation plan and practice it.  Schools have drills.  Homes can too.

August is…

  • American Indian Heritage Month  What Native Americans are in your area?  Learn more about one of them.  Read books about Native Americans.
  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month  What is a legacy?  What do you want yours to be?  Discuss your ideas with your parents.  Set goals.

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

*Resources:  http//vertex42.com (calendar) and http://www.brownielocks.com/august.html(calendar observances)

Coming next: Meet Julie Bowe, author of “Friends For Keeps” Series and Register for a Signed Copy Giveaway

Copyright © 2012 Linda Martin Andersen

 

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