English Tea Time

Queer English PinFor those of you who don’t school year round, welcome back to school!

As you’re getting back into a routine, your children may enjoy this fun, silly poem I found in a 1909 book, Inspiring Recitations for the School and Home. Enjoy “Queer English”, by an unknown author, for this month’s Tea Time.

Queer English

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of mouse should never be meese,
You may find a lone mouse, or a whole nest of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
And the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And if I speak of a foot and you show me your feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth, and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular’s this, and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be nicknamed keese?
Then one may be that and three would be those,
Yet hat in a plural would never be hose.

We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then masculine pronouns are he, his and him;
But imagine the feminine – she, shis and shim!
So the English, I think, you all will agree,
Is the most wonderful language you ever did see.

Activities:
1. Recite and/or memorize the poem

2. Queer English Notebook Page

3. Practice handwriting skills with:

Queer English Manuscript Copywork Pages from Homeschool Share

Queer English Manuscript Copywork

Queer English Cursive Copywork Pages from Homeschool Share

Queer English Cursive Copywork

4. Analyze “Queer English” using:

Queer English Study Notes
(You can also download  Plural Rules)

5. For a tea time treat:
Have an English tea with hot tea, cream and sugar, and scones.

Tea Time with Paul Klee

1 tea time paul klee

2 Paul_Klee_1911Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879 in Switzerland to a music teacher and a singer.  Throughout his childhood his parents encouraged his musical abilities, but as a teenager her decided he wanted to focus on visual art.  He went to art school in Germany and began his study of color, which he worked on for most of his career.  He used many different kinds of media and materials, sometimes in the same piece, and his style is hard to classify because he mixed so many different ideas and techniques.  Paul Klee passed away on June 29, 1940, leaving behind thousands of works of art from his career.

3 cat birdIn addition to the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series biography, we used The Cat and the Bird, which is a cute story based on this work by Paul Klee.

4 dreaming picturesWe also used Dreaming Pictures: Paul Klee, which shares about several different works from Klee’s career.

5 klee 1Art Projects for Kids is always such a great resource for our artist studies and we used this activity to create our own works of art based on this piece.

6I checked out A Child’s Introduction to Art from our library and found another fun project.  After looking at this painting, we drew simple faces and then covered our papers with pieces of tissue paper, which we dampened and let sit.

7Unfortunately, when we peeled off the tissue paper we had very light patches of color instead of bold blocks!  I used watercolor paper, so I’m not sure if this was why, or if the tissue paper was designed to not fade, or what, so you may want to experiment a bit before trying this, or maybe watercolor blocks of color over the paper instead.  At least the kids enjoyed the process!

8We used Art Projects for Kids again for this project based on this piece.

9At first, the color didn’t look very impressive, but once the black paper was behind it, it looked quite vivid!

10The last project we did was so simple (thanks again to Art Projects for Kids!) and would be great for kids of all ages.  After we looked at Klee’s Harmony paintings, we printed the grid and made our own!

If you haven’t done an artist study before, Paul Klee would be a perfect artist to begin with!  His paintings are so interesting and provide many chances to explore line and shape and color.  This is one of my favorite artist studies we’ve done!