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String seven bells on a string with the each day of the week spelled out. Add a picture of the foods mentioned in the rhyme below. Great for jump rope chants:
Monday, meatball, start the week, Tuesday, tunafish, what a treat. Wednesday, watermelon, red and cool, Thursday, turkey, that’s the rule, Friday, French fries, eat them hot, Saturday, slurpees, thanks a lot, Sunday, spaghetti, sun or rain, Then start the week all over again!
PIN THE DAY ON THE CALENDAR
Make a poster of seven empty boxes.
Using tacky the kids put the days of the week in order from Sunday to Saturday.
For fun you can blindfold each child, spin them three times, and see how close to the right spot they can place their day on the boxes.
SUITCASE RELAY RACE
In each suitcase there is a piece of clothing for each day of the week.
On Monday we wear mittens.
On Tuesday we wear a tee shirt.
On Wednesday we wear a wig.
On Thursday we wear a tank top.
On Friday we wear a feather boa.
On Saturday we wear socks.
On Sunday we wear sneakers.
On command, one child runs to the suitcase says, “Monday” as they put on the mittens. He runs back and sits down. They next child says, “Tuesday” as he puts on the T-shirt. Etc. The first team to be finished and seated wins!
SYLLABLE SPELLING THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Make a poster with all seven days of the week printed out.
Cut each day into their syllables.
Wed nes day
Sa tur day
Give the cards to the children. Call three children at a time to make words until all the days are spelled out and in order.
To find out more about Kathy Stemke and sign up for her free monthly newsletter, Movement and Rhythm click on the link for her blog: http://educastiontipster.blogspot.com http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html
For more about Kathy and her book please look at my previous post.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Kathy’s book, Moving Through All Seven Days, uses movement activities to teach the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The 14 pages of activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.
You can find it on lulu by clicking on this link: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/moving-through-all-seven-days/7386965#
On Saturday I'll share some activities Kathy suggests.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As a kid I had a pet hamster named Hamstead that I loved dearly. I also loved books. Lots of kids today also love hamsters, other little animals and books so they should love reading a picture book like the one I've recently discovered by Mayra Calvani. Here's some information about it:
Humberto is an antisocial little hamster… he’s totally addicted to
books! His neighbors, the squirrel, the rabbit, the skunk, the
hedgehog and the beaver want to become his friends, but Humberto
doesn’t have time for them. He’s too busy reading! Then one day,
disaster strikes and he must choose between saving his books and
helping his soon-to-be friends.
Available in print and ebook!
Find out more at: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/humberto.htm
Visit the author's website at www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com or her blog
Saturday, November 7, 2009
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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Since my tweener fiction book, The Peril of the Sinister Scientist, is about a kid who thinks he was cloned from the blood on the Shroud of Turin a friend, Rev Earl Langguth, gave me these two poems he wrote with permission to post them here.
Might Turin’s shroud be stained with Jesus’ blood?
Could we from it extract some DNA?
What might this tell us of our Saviour’s birth,
And might it cause the faithful some dismay?
While mitochondria from Mary came,
Might autosomes suggest a man to blame?
But then, how did the Holy Spirit work?
Could sequencing detect divine control?
Since Jesus was as human as ourselves,
Would not His chromosomes be normal, whole?
I doubt we could the slightest change display,
Divinity’s not shown by DNA
God’s Spirit did that special babe conceive,
He was to live and grow as Joseph’s son,
Would not the genes of David’s line be there,
As if with Joseph’s seed He was begun?
God’s Word is seen in all He did and said,
God sealed it by His rising from the dead!
SEND IN THE CLONES
Geneticists now seem about to gain
Abilities undreamt of in the past,
The monk named Gregor Mendel found the key
To make us think to master life at last.
The double helix yields its complex mold
As mystery relinquishes control
We hope at length to use new knowledge vast,
But know you this: you cannot clone the soul!
If you could clone a man, you’d get his shape
His kind of hair, his eyes, his build, his skin;
And outwardly you’d think him quite the same
But lawlessness would reign there, deep within
An animal in man-shape, not a man
You would achieve, far short of reason’s goal,
Without a spirit, lacking right and wrong—
Because, you see, one cannot clone the soul!
Oh yes, perhaps some scientist will strive
To clone himself— his wife— perhaps his kin;
And he’ll endure the years which then must pass
Before his claims to fame might then begin;
But he will soon discover how he’s failed;
His creature’s nature will be flawed, not whole
A beast which looks quite human, but is not!
Be warned: we cannot think to clone the soul!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Janet Ann Collins
( To the tune of Get Along Home, Cindy)
“I’d like to write some novels
And stories, books, and rhymes.
I want to write some articles
And sell them every time.”
“Sit down and write,
Then you mend ‘em.
Sit down and write,” I say.
“Sit down and write,
Mend ‘em, send ’em.
That’s how you’ll sell someday.”
Monday, October 5, 2009
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Emma Lea’s Tea With Daddy is one in a series by Babette Donaldson about the same little girl, all of which involve tea. Although I’m not into it myself, I understand there’s now an entire tea culture in America and this series helps to introduce it to children.
Even though tea isn’t my thing, I found this book about a child managing to prepare a fancy meal for her father to be delightful. In the long run, the book is more about family relationships than the beverage they share, and I’m beginning to get the impression that’s true of the tea culture as a whole. It encourages good manners, too.
The illustrations by Jerianne Van Dijk do an excellent job of expressing the warm feeling of the story and the simple recipe at the end adds to the appeal.
Some other books in the series are Emma Lea’s First Tea Party, Emma Lea’s Magic Teapot, and Emma Lea’s First Tea Ceremony.
For people who love tea and want children to learn about the tea culture the best place to buy them is in a local tea shop. The books are also available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, but not in bookstores.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Cheryl Malandrinos tagged me! That means that I have to play tag by answering a few little interview questions! Then I have to blog tag someone else! So, here are my answers and here are the bloggers I am tagging! I guess I’m it!
1. Which words do you use too much in your writing?
Suddenly, just and the verb to be. I was just amazed when my editor suddenly asked me to remove most of them from my manuscript.
2. Which words do you consider overused in stuff you read?
To tell the truth, I seldom notice the words when I’m reading. They’re like a transparent window that lets me view the fictional universe of the story.
3. What are your other favorite blogs?
to name just a few.
4. Name a favorite word:
Acceptance. I love getting those from publishers.
5. And a word you’re not so keen on:
Rejection. Getting those proves I’m a writer, but it doesn’t make me like them.
6. What would you like to improve about your writing and/or blog?
I’d like my words to be so fascinating people would be flocking to read them.
7. What’s your writing ambition?
Seriously, I would like at least a few people to have their lives changed for the better because of reading things I write.
I now blog tag the following blogs / bloggers: