Monday, July 31, 2017

Words Can Be Fun


Nutty Notes and other Silly Sentences

Wonderful Whimsical Words

Angel Kiss, Lemon Drop
Little Miss, Soda Pop
A spider spins a web of silk,
A cookie's favorite friend is milk.

Rocking Horse, Fairy Dust
Magic Force, Pizza Crust
Babies, toddlers, girls and boys,
Santa's elves make lots of toys.

Unicorn, Teddy Bear
Early Morn, Dragon's Lair
A pirate's chest is filled with gold,
A princess can be brave and bold.

Children Play, Bells Chime
Saturday, Bed Time
A ticking clock goes round and round,
A whisper is a soft, soft sound.

Corn Starch, Halloween
Month of March, King and Queen
Every baseball needs a bat,
A cowboy wears a big, round hat.

Carousel, Pocket Book
Wishing Well, Swedish Cook
Pigs say oink and cows say moo,
A crying ghost says boo-hoo.

Scrambled Eggs, Talking Lizards
Chicken Legs, Wacky Wizards
Lords and ladies liked to dance,
shorts are just really small pants.

Pot of Gold, Wheat and Rye
It's Time To Say Good-Bye,
Before our rhyme is all done,
It's your turn to make up one.
Have fun!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Greetings and Salutations

Hi, my name is Ellwyn Autumn and welcome to my blog, Lemon Drop Literary. I am so excited that you took the time to visit my blog. I want this blog to be a journey into literacy for my readers and me.

I am a certified Early Childhood Education teacher with a Master's Degree in Education and 20 years teaching experience. I have taught in the public school system and during this time I have read hundreds of children's picture books.

I am also a self-published author and an avid reader. The point is I love books!

I started this blog to explore various expects of literacy through an educational lens that is parent, teacher, child, adolescent, and YA friendly. I want everyone to love literacy and all of its aspects as much as I do. 

So stick with me readers and together let's explore the world of books and literacy and all it has to offer!

Bedtime Stories and Stuffed Animals

Bedtime Stories and Stuffed Animals

Most parents carry on the tried and true tradition of reading to their child before he goes to bed at night, but sharing a story is more than a nighttime ritual. Reading to your child at anytime of day is beneficial; it promotes a positive attitude toward books, it builds fluency and it develops vocabulary. Pairing the reading with a tangible object your child can hold while you read together adds to the emotional connection and emotional memory your child will develop for reading. 

One of my favorite picture books to read is Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.
     Through a mixed medium of photography and animated illustration, Mr. Willems has created a comical story that every parent can relate to, a child losing their favorite toy and the tears and frustration that follow until the treasured 'lovey' is found.
    Kohl's through the Kohl's Cares program is now selling Mo Willems' book characters and Knuffle Bunny is one of them. I can't think of a better way to enjoy some reading time with your little one than by snuggling up with Knuffle Bunny and reading the book together. After you've read the book to your child, encourage her to 'read' or re-tell it to Knuffle Bunny. What a wonderful way to reinforce language development and a lifelong love of reading.