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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? March 17 is coming!

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Sean: “Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya, Liam”

Liam: “And the rest ‘o the day to you!”

Celtic Shamrock It would seem that the origins of the shamrock are lost in antiquity, legends suggest that St. Patrick plucked a shamrock from Irish soil to demonstrate the meaning of the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The plant was reputed to have mystic powers in that its petals will stand upright to warn of a approaching storm. The shamrock is also commonly associated with the symbol of luck. In studying Celtic history, scholars have discovered that the shamrock was a charm to ward away evil. The shamrock remains Ireland’s most famous symbol.From: Symbolism.co

Real Shamrocks

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Books

I selected 4  picture books celebrating the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day.

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day

by Natasha Wing: http://amzn.to/1BeMFaE

Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

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Pipes: www.rohanrawat.wordpress.com                                 Player: www.wiki.answers.com

The Leprechaun's Gold

by Pamela Duncan Edwards http://amzn.to/1Fs1rKB

In this classic Irish legend, two harpists — merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom — set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to be the winner — but he doesn′t reckon with the clever trickery of a mischievous little leprechaun.

Noted picture book creators Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole have imagined a joyful and fanciful tale with a priceless lesson.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

by Gerald McDermott http://amzn.to/180u86j

When the evil McGoons trick Tim O’Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure. McDermott’s illustrated books (including Caldecott winner Arrow to the Sun) and animated films have earned him international recognition. Full-color illustrations throughout.

Lucky Tucker

by Leslie McGuirk http://amzn.to/1aTKOhN

When Tucker the terrier wakes up on Saint Patrick’s Day, he gets off on the wrong paw. Nothing is going his way until he rolls in a bed of clover —- a bed of four-leaf clovers, that is, which just happens to belong to a leprechaun! Lucky Tucker! From snatching a falling scoop of ice cream to wrestling with his best friends to getting a whole box of new toys, Tucker is now the luckiest dog around!

An Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing

Child Fun Friendly Crafts

Paper Plate Hat

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Cute as Ever Paper Plate Shamrock Hat

from BuzzFeed.com

All you need to make this fun craft are paper plates, scissors, and pens

Instructions found here

Paper Plate Leprechaun

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from sassydeals.com

What you need:

  • Green and White construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Tape
  • Marker
Handprint Leprechaun
Handprint Leprechaun
from sassydeals.com
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How about this cute idea?
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from happyhomefairy.com

This craft couldn’t be more easy.  It’s just a painted paper plate and some construction paper.

    Add a band to go around the back of the head (soft material) to tie it on.

 Irish Symbols and Meanings

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1st from www.symbolism.co   2nd from nightowl-crafts.weebly.com Link not working, may be a closed site.

The Triquetra Knot

This symbol is also known as the trinity knot.  The word triquetra originally meant “triangle” and was to describe triangle-shaped objects. The triquetra is most known for it’s meaning as the trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). This meaning was used by the Celtic Christian Church.  The triquetra is a very old symbol and many say it predates Christianity, the symbol represented the Goddess in Celtic lore. The Trinity Knot holds major significance in neopaganism in that it is believed to represent the three stages of the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone). The triquetra design on the cover of a replica of the Book of Shadows central to the television series Charmed.Modern Pagans use the triquetra to symbolize a variety of concepts and mythological figures. Germanic Neopagan groups who use the triquetra to symbolize their faith generally believe it is originally of Norse and Germanic origins.  This information is from http://www.symbolism.co/celtic_symbols.html

Triskelion

The Triskelion Knot

This symbol represented progress and completion, and was very prominent in Celtic culture.  Looking like a wheel with four spokes sticking out, the triskelion is supposed to represent actions, cycles, and revolutions or competition. Image and text from http://www.the-symbols.net/celtic/

Triskele, triple spiral

Triskele

The Celtic triple spiral is still found at several Megalithic and Neolithic sites.  The symbol is thought to be so old that it may predate the Celts entirely.  Whatever its origins, many people around the world consider it a symbol of great beauty and mystery.  Image and text from http://www.the-symbols.net/celtic/

Celtic Dancing Video

Awesome Redhead Celtic Dancers

Awesome Redhead Celtic Dancers

Another Blessing

May your heart be warm and happy,
With the lilt of Irish laughter,
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after.

Aknowledgements: Real Shamrock photos, #1 irelands-hidden-gems.com  #2 siobhan68.deviantart.com  #3 formyeyesonly2012.blogspot.com  #4  galleryhip.com  Blessings from http://www.brownielocks.com/irishblessings.html

 

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Snowmen At Night=Celebrating Picture books

March is Picture Book Month

For younger children, picture books are a vital tool for developing pre-reading skills.  Pictures get their attention and engages them in the story.  They assist them to understand the story (comprehension), creating more interaction, leading to greater language development.

This blog will feature several picture books and related crafts, through the month of March.  Enjoy.

Snowmen At Night

by Caralyn Buehner, Illustrator: Mark Buehner

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Watch as this book is read to you and your youngsters:  Snowmen at Night

Have  you ever wondered what Snowmen do at night?  Wonder no more, because this delightful story, told in rhyme,will enlighten you to their nocturnal adventures.   It is my very favorite snowman book!

A bit about the author and illustrator: Caralyn and Mark Buehner  according to their children!

Caralyn Buehner grew up in Salt Lake City, the youngest child in a family of bookworms. She remembers being read to as a child by her mother, and has very fond memories of some children named Sally, Dick and Jane, and seems to remember a dog named Spot. By the time she was in 6th grade, she had perfected the art of undetected nocturnal reading, and had written a chapter of a romance novel. She won state and national awards for her writing in her teenage years, but didn’t plan to be an author.

Her marriage to illustrator Mark Buehner brought some changes. When Mark began illustrating children’s books, he encouraged Caralyn to write. In the past decade they have collaborated on several children’s picture books, and eight children.

Awards: two Utah Children’s Choice Awards, a CBC Children’s Choice Award, Parent’s Choice Award, an ALA Notable Book, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

Other  Published picture books by Caralyn include: links to Amazon

The Escape of Marvin the Ape (1992)                 A Job For Wittilda (1993)

It’s A Spoon, Not A Shovel (1995)                       Fanny’s Dream (1996)

I Did It, I’m Sorry (1998)                                   I Want to Say I Love You (2001)

Snowmen at Night (2002)                                  Dex: the Heart of a Hero (2004)

Snowmen at Christmas (2005)                          Snowmen at Night, Pop-Up (2006)

Would I Ever Lie to You (2007)                          In the Garden (2007)

The Queen of Style (2008)                                 Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2009)

Snowmen All Year (2012)                                  Snowmen at Work (2012)

Snowmen at Play (2013)                                   Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse (2015)

The majority of this information is from Utah Children’s Writers and Illustrators blog in an author interview.

Snowmen Crafts for Fun

Make a snowman with shaving cream and glue.  It stays puffy and on the paper.

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Snow Clay – cold to the touch and Oh So Sparkly. It can be used in all sorts of ways; ornaments for a tree, build a snowman, make handprint keepsakes.
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Snowmen Feet, how fun are they!

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Toilet Paper Tube Snowmen
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The Kissing Hand…Make Books Come Alive #4

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

Oh, and it is just plain fun !

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

The Kissing Hand Activities

                The Kissing Hand

What a great book! This book is so helpful in preparing children to be away from home or from their parent/s. The occasion may be their first day at school, or a sleepover, summer camp, a parent or child being hospitalized, being babysat while parents go out, or for foster children who miss their parents. Whenever there is a time a child will be away from you and feels scared, read this book with them, if possible.

Enrichment Activities

Language Development:

Feelings.  Nervous, happy, sad, glad, mad, upset, warm, sleepy, super, sick, shy, scared, angry

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How did mother’s kiss make Chester feel ? (toasty warm inside)

How did Chester feel at the beginning of the story? Why did he feel that way?

Did the kiss help Chester when he was at school?

Why did Chester kiss his mother’s hand?

Feeling Activity:

Using a mirror, what does your face look like when you feel: happy, sad, angry, sleepy, surprised…

How about using the camera and take your child’s feeling photos to use with the feelings chart?

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Make a feelings chart for family members.  How do you feel today? Here are two ideas that could help you make up your own.  For my house, I need to consider space!

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Let’s Bake

Make heart shaped cookies or hand shape ones, if you have a cookie cutter that shape.  Place a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of either one.

Crafts

Potato art stamps, finger paint hand print art,paper plate mask, paper bag racoon,

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Temporary Tattoos

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You Will Need:

Parchment Paper (wax paper),Pencil, Marker (regular or permanent) Wet sponge  Note: regular marker will wash off easily.  Permanent marker will last longer (but will not wash off as easily!)

Draw hearts on the parchment with pencil, then completely colour them in with the pencil.  On top of the pencil shading, use a marker, of any colour, to completely cover over it.  Now, flip the parchment over and place the drawing on a smooth area of the body.  The marker colour needs to be against the skin.  Place a wet (not too wet) sponge over the parchment and wait 30 seconds.  S L O W L Y peel off the parchment from the skin.  Hurrah, you have made a temporary tattoo!

I do hope you and your family enjoy these activities from The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

Next Week:  My own book, Kieran the Pirate.

Photos courtesy of: Book cover: vickiblackwell.com  Scared Girl: riskychronicles.com  Sad Baby: face-and-emotion.com   Angry Boy: indianapublicmedia.org  Happy Boy: cleo deLancey personal photo  1st Feelings Chart: kidpointz.com  2nd Feelings Chart:https://www.etsy.com/listing/176328005/feelings-chart-children-feelings-chart  The Kissing Hand Craftivity: teacherspayteachers.com  Paper Bag Racoon : ditk-kids.com   Paper Plate Racoon Mask: blogs.familyeducation.com  Poem and Hand Art: whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com   Potato Print: laughingkidslearn.com  Temporary  Tattoo: MeriCherry.com

The Mitten…Make Books Come Alive #3

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

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What a wonderful, wonderful, story and book!  The illustrations  are just so adorable. If you haven’t read it, it is about a young boy, who gets a pair of knitted mittens from his grandmother, and loses one in the forest.  Several animals, of all sizes, squeeze into it to enjoy its snugly warmth.  A fun story, with a funny ending.

Here are a few Enrichment Activities:

Cause and Effect:  Ask children 4 + years, the first half.  The answer is in italics.

                   What happened when…?

The animals squeezed into the mitten : the mitten stretched out.

The bear sneezed: the animals flew out of the mitten.

The animals were cold: they went into the mitten.

The mouse sat on the bear’s nose: the bear sneezed.

Real or Make Believe? 3 + years

Can a bear fit in a mitten?

Would a mouse sit on a bear’s nose?

Would a badger share his space?

Language Development:

Real Animal Habitat: 4 + years

Where do these animals live?  What do their homes look like?  What are their homes called?

Bear – den,   Rabbit – warren.   Badger – warren,  Owl – nest,  Mouse – nest,  Fox – den,  Mole- fortress, tunnel or burrow,  Hedgehog – den.

Play / Act out:

Using masking tape, make a large mitten shape on the floor.  See how many of your family members you can fit into this shape. Try it by standing in the shape, then by lying down.  Try to predict how many will fit, with everyone taking a guess first.  Perhaps use a blanket to cover everyone.  Is it snugly and warm?

try white (snow) play-dough, a mitten and animal figurines. I found the  most wonderful play-dough activity for this book.  Here is a link to a wonderful blog called MySmallPotatoes: http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/12/06/weekly-kids-co-op-the-mitten-an-enchanting-small-world-activity-inspired-by-an-enchanting-storybook

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Crafts for Fine Motor Skills: lacing, cutting and painting.

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Sequencing Activity:

I found a song, sung to Farmer in the Dell that is a fun way to sequence this story, from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183451384797521348/

This post came from:   http://www.firstgradewow.blogspot.com

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LapBooks: a parent/child project worthy of taking on.

LapBooks are a brilliant way for kids to get together all the stuff they can find out about an activity and show it off.

I have found a couple great links to get you started.

http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/lapbooks.html

and this one has some great printable pages for preschool.

http://www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com/printable-crafts.html

I am hoping that you enjoy these activities from “The Mitten”, by Jan Brett.

Next Sunday we will look at “The Kissing Hand”, by Audrey Penn.

If You Give a Pig…Make Books Come Alive – #2

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” by Laura Numeroff.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

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Let’s Cook:

Making pancakes with any child is easy and fun! It may be messy too, but that easily cleans up. You will need to make both large and small pancakes.  Large, for the pig’s head, one small for the nose, alternative is a slice of pineapple (whole round) or banana slice.  Make two smaller pancakes for the eyes if you choose.  Then decorate.  Use chocolate chips, blueberries or raisins for the irises and nose holes.  You can make ears from ripped pancakes or use fruit such as cut strawberries.

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Here is a good pancake recipe:  Feeds 4.

Pre-mix the following dry ingredients.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tbsp baking powder

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

In a separate bowl mix the following and then add to the dry ingredients.

2 eggs

2 cups milk

4 Tbsp oil

If you give a pig a pancake it may want some syrup!

Language development:

Does your family call pancakes by a different name? Some people call them hotcakes, flapjacks, flap-cakes or griddlecakes.

Think of words that start with P or the “p”  sound.  Like: pig, pancake, pajamas, peaches, pizza, paper, plate. Can you and your children think of more P words?  Make a list.

Sequencing Activities: for older children 3 and up.

What did the pig want first, second?  Then what happened? What will the pig want next?

Art Activities:

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I hope you try this and have fun with bringing this book to life!

3 Little Pigs…Make Books Come Alive #1

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

  Oh, and it is just plain fun!

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “The Three Little Pigs” by James Marshall.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

If there are too few children to act it as a play, how about this craft idea from pinterest?

OR:

If there are enough people, you can each have a role and act it out.  Get some rolls of brown paper. These are great for many things (art work, wrapping paper, table covers) and draw/paint the walls for the little pigs houses (straw, stick, brick).  Paper Plates make awesome masks!

Make a hat for each player:      3a0ed99b198a06b26c94c7bf5822f521

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Have fun, your child will love the hands on activity and YOU !

Coming Soon: tips for enrichment ideas in future blog posts:

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff

” The Mitten” by Jan Brett

“The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn

“Kieran the Pirate” by Cleo deLancey

If you have a book that you would like to see, or want ideas for, please leave a comment and I will do my best to find you some enrichment activities.  Thank you.

Reading with the young

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The majority of people know and agree that it is important to read to children.  If this is put into regular practice the results show up before the age of two.  These youngsters will bring you books to read for them.  At the age of two to two and a half, they will try to tell the story to you.  How cute is that!!!

Reading tricks:

A good practice when reading with your child is to track the words with your fingers.  It is instinctual, for most children to want to track from right to left, but in English, they must learn to track from left to right.  Hold your finger above the first word on the first line, and track across from there.  This method does not hide the lines under the first. The child can see that there are more words and lines to come, has an easier time dropping to the next line and eventually may read quicker than your finger is following.  Having your finger above the line does not impede with this process.

A case for encouraging reading:  3914152

My mother, being a prolific reader of good books, modeled for me the love of reading.  It taught me spelling, sentence structure, language skills, exposure to new words, knowledge and understanding.  I never realized the benefit of this until I was in grade nine.  In that grade, here in Alberta, we must write provincial exams and I scored extremely high in literature.  This dawning for me as to the importance of reading, influenced me in allowing my own children to be readers.  How, you may ask?  Well, sometimes reading was put before chores.  Allowing a child to read after bedtime, instead of a strict rule of lights out.

I worked in the public school system, in Alberta, for 20 years.  I often worked with children who were challenged or non-readers.  It is impossible to do well in any subject in school (math, science, story writing, social studies, etc) if one cannot read.  Not doing well in school often leads to poor self-esteem.  In my own opinion, the very best thing you can do for any child is to help them be proficient readers.

Happy Reading!! And Read,Read,Read!     44764078