Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Shelley Miles
September Holidays, Language Arts, September Activities
SEPTEMBER 24 – Love note day, National punctuation day, Family health and fitness day.
There are few surprises better than receiving a love note. Pack one in your child's lunch box, leave one on their pillow, or let them find one taped to the bathroom mirror! What a wonderful way to brighten someone's day!
And while writing that love note, be sure to use the correct punctuation. Today is the day for celebrating the correct use of punctuation. And we all know how a comma in the wrong place can completely change the meaning of a sentence. Did you ever wonder what the difference is between brackets and parentheses? And just what is an elipsis - and what is it used for? Find the answer to these, and other pressing questions at NationalPunctuationDay.com
The 15th annual Family Health and Fitness Day USA is a national health and fitness event for families, set for Saturday, September 24, 2011. (always on the last Saturday in September.) The event's purpose is to promote family involvement in physical activity, one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. Getting kids moving is one of the best ways to promote family fitness.
Monday, June 25, 2012 by Shelley Miles
July Activities, Language Arts, Literature, spoonerisms
JULY 22 - Rat catcher's day, Spooners day
The Pied Piper played a magical tune on his flute that caused all the rats in Hamelin to follow him out of town. Follow the Leader is an all time favorite game that’s useful for teaching children how to follow directions, and to develop their listening skills. So, just like the story, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, play a game of follow the leader!
If you've never read this story with your children, try this one illustrated by Kate Greenway. Pied Piper of Hamelin
Spooner's Day is all about Spoonerisms - Spoonerisms are phrases, sentences, or words in language with swapped sounds. Spoonerisms are named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner who was famous for making these verbal slips during his sermons.
Some examples of Spoonerisms include:
"lack of pies" instead of "pack of lies"
"mad banners" instead of "bad manners"
"a half-warmed fish" for "a half-formed wish"
"we'll have the hags flung out" for "we'll have the flags hung out"
While most spoonersisms happen by accident, see if your kids can make up some funny ones on their own. In addition to laughing, you'll be improving their language skills.
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