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Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 28, 2016


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

“Just Jot It January #28–Serendipity” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.

I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate serendipity.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendipity

Serendipity is one of my favorite words to twirl around in my mouth and feel on my lips.  Zippy do da does the same thing for me.

Have you ever run into someone you hadn’t seen in years, who had special connections that could benefit you, just when you were feeling overwhelmed with a major transition in your life?  Well maybe not that exactly, but things just fell into place in an expected way?  Well, those are my examples of serendipity for today.

Finding the word serendipity…

This morning I read one of my favorite blogs and I found the word “serendipity.”   I hope you find the word too and you find serendipity in your day as well.

http://laurasalas.com/poems-for-teachers/poetryaction-for-p-zonka-lays-an-egg/

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you experienced serendipity? Please tell us.
  2. What are your thoughts on “luck.” Do you believe in it?  Explain.
  3. Do you believe good things are more likely to come by luck or hard work?  Tell about it.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity

 

 

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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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Virtual Entertainment At My Blog’s Birthday Party

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 18, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074“Virtual Entertainment At My Blog’s Birthday Party” by Linda Martin Andersen

We’re still partying here at “A Writer’s Playground!”  Three years of blog posts to celebrate.  What fun!  I appreciate that many of you have shared how you’ll be traveling.  If you’re just joining in, please choose a virtual mode of transportation that allows you to arrive in style–in a style related to your writing.  For example, I’m arriving on elephant’s back because my current writing includes an elephant.  Enjoy the ride!

And now for the birthday blog entertainment…

After reading Laura Purdie Salas’ blog on Friday, May 15, I decided to re-blog her post as entertainment for this virtual party.

  • I can imagine Laura Purdie Salas arriving by train carrying an armload of picture books and asking each guest to choose one.  After reading, name another book title that is similar in some way.  Finally, share what these books have in common.  Laura calls these “Bookalikes–2 books with a connection.”  This is an activity fit for any age reader.
  • I can also imagine Laura asking each guest to write a poem based on the book.  Write a poem that summarizes the book or write something the book inspires.  Write rhyme, non-rhyme, or free verse.  Laura calls these poems  “Poetryaction–a poem in reaction to a book.”
  • Check out Laura’s recent post on train books and an example of Poetryaction and Bookalikes.  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/all-aboard-pf/
  • Here’s a second sample for more inspiration:  http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/for-teachers/prxn-small/
  • Have fun reading, writing, and sharing!
  • Please post in the comment section.  I’m looking forward to reading your Bookalikes, Poetryactions, and general comments.

Laura Purdie Salas, thank you for providing our entertainment.  You know how to make a virtual birthday blog party very special!

Readers, if you’d like a chance at a book giveaway, follow the rules posted here:

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/its-may-a-writers-playground-is-celebrating-3-years/

Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Children 13 years old or older are invited to  comment.  See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

 

 

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Making Dog Friends

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 14, 2015


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“Making Dog Friends” by Linda Martin Andersen

Do you have a dog?  A cat?  Another kind of pet?  Do you wish you did?  Do you like greeting pets you meet? 

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater posted a How to…”Make A Dog Friend” (Teaching Poem).  She shared steps to follow when greeting a strange dog and its owner.  Please pass these along to children you know.  Thanks for the great advice, Amy.

Try writing your own teaching poem-directions set in a poem.  I like that combination.  Do you?

Read Amy’s poem here:

http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2015/03/teaching-poems-what-do-i-know.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amylv%2FGmZc+%28The+Poem+Farm%29

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Tell about your pet or the pet you wish you had. Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.

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Read Aloud Memories

Posted by lindamartinandersen on March 4, 2015


 

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074 “Read Aloud Memories” by Linda Martin Andersen

Happy World Read Aloud Day!–March 4, 2015.  To learn more about this day, check here:  

http://www.litworld.org/wrad/

The theme:  Read Aloud.  Change the World.

Copyright 2015 LitWorld.org

Copyright 2015 LitWorld.org

Some of my favorite read aloud memories include:

  • a teacher who read aloud daily sharing an event that happened that day in history.  As the school year progressed, the teacher permitted students to read from her book.  If you enjoy reading about historical events, consider this website:  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.  A shout out for Joyce Moyer Hostetter who introduced me to this site.  She writes historical fiction for children.  See here:  http://joycemoyerhostetter.info/
  • my mother reading Heidi and other books to us.
  • poetry readings sponsored by our local public library.  Today’s library offers storytelling programs as a regular part of programming for children.
  • another teacher led my class in choral reading of displayed poems on chart paper.  I can still hear “There was a little turtle.  He lived in a box….” by  Vachel Lindsay 1879–1931.  I wonder if the author or my teacher would ever have dreamed that people would still be reciting this poem in 2015?  “The Little Turtle” is available in song and finger plays too.                  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173885
  • Sunday School teachers and Vacation Bible School teachers read Bible stories and discussed them.

A BIG thank you to all those who shared read aloud moments with me!  I created a poster in your honor.

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What about you?  What favorite read aloud memories do you have? 

Do you read aloud to others?  Perhaps you could volunteer to read aloud to children.

Please leave a comment.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and 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

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Years Come and Gone Are Personified by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 2, 2015


A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074“Years Come and Gone Are Personified by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater”

I’d rate this poem a ten.  A must see!  Amy Ludwig Vanderwater is a poet I recommend you know, if you don’t already.  I just found this gem in my inbox and wanted to share it with you.

http://tinyurl.com/kvl5ac3

Wouldn’t you love to visit Old Year Lodge?  I’d love to hear your comments.  Thanks for visiting. Come again soon and bring a friend. 

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