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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"My Visit to Grandma Judy's" by Shannon Myers Kelly

Do you visit your grandparents’ house? Is the weather warm or cold when you visit? Do you get to stay all day or overnight?

I read a picture book this week titled, My Visit to Grandma Judy’s.

The story is about a little girl named Amanda who visited her Grandma Judy during the summer. Amanda tells all about the neat stuff they did and found at her Grandma Judy’s house. The black and white pictures have new objects and creatures to discover on each page. You will have to read the story to discover if Amanda finds creatures at her grandma’s house that you would or wouldn’t find at your grandparents’ house.

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Writing Adventure fun

Amanda discovers some things from nature. List the things Amanda finds. Then list the things you would find at your grandparents’ house. Are there any differences?

Collect or take a photograph with a grown ups help of some things from nature while visiting your grandparents. From the things you collected or photographed make a collage or picture to hang on your bedroom wall. Write a story about collecting or photographing your visit.

Amanda does some fun activities with her Grandma Judy. List the activities they do together. Are the activities they do different or the same things you would do with your grandma?

Write or draw a story about your favorite thing to do while visiting your grandparents.

Please share with Jewel you story by posting it in the comments section!

Until next time, happy writing!

Monday, December 1, 2008

How Holiday Celebrations Got Started

Have you ever wondered how holiday celebrations got started? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary the word holiday is from the words Holy Day. Holy Day is a day of observance for a religious event. Observance of a Holy Day can be traced back to biblical times when God commanded the Jewish people to observe seven days as holy in Leviticus 23. Today in the USA, we use the word holiday to mean an observance of national, cultural, or religious event. Christmas was formed as a national holiday in order to observe cultural and religious celebrations during the winter season.

I read a book a few weeks back titled, Mrs. Muddle’s Holiday by Laura F. Nielsen.

Nielsen shows how the Maple Street community celebrates many traditional, religious and cultural holidays throughout the year. Then a new neighbor, Mrs. Muddle, moves in and educates her neighborhood about celebrating out of the ordinary, extraordinary days, like the leaf fairy hides presents day. Will the neighborhood join in and celebrate with Mrs. Muddle?

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Write All About It!

Holidays are an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. List the holidays your family celebrates through out the year. Write a story about your favorite holiday with your family.

If you could create a holiday, what would you name it? Explain what you would do on that day.

Please share with Jewel you ideas by posting in the comments section!

Until next time, happy writing!