English Tea Time

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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.

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.

ABC Fishing Preschool Activity Bag

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ABC Fishing Game Preschool Activity Bag

This ABC Fishing Printable is so fun! Simon and I played with this preschool busy bag frequently when he was just a little guy. A big thanks to Joli Rumrill for contributing this alphabet learning game to Homeschool Share. Download the game using the link below.

Alphabet Fishing Game Preschool Busy Bag

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Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs

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Cook with Books: The Three Little Pigs from the Homeschool Share Blog
My friend, Carmen, is a super creative homeschooling mama of three.

To meet the needs of all three ages of her children (plus some extra kiddos, too!), she read several versions of The Three Little Pigs. The children then wrote their own play, created sets, planned a menu, and made invitations to a “Backyard Dinner Theater.” They had a few rehearsals and created simple costumes before the big show.

The menu was quite elaborate:

Pigs in a Blanket
Mini Ham Sandwiches
Curly Tail Macaroni and Cheese
Curly Tail Pasta Salad
Veggie Tray
Sticks (pretzel sticks)
Straw Stacks
Bricks (Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats)
Piggy Punch (Pink Lemonade)

Grandparents were invited, and it was a fun night!

You could certainly replicate her entire production, but for this post, I am just going to share the easy recipe she gave me for the Straw Stacks.

Cook with Books: Making Straw Stacks (Three Little Pigs)

Straw Stack Treats

1 bag chow mien noodles
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips

Melt chips together. Pour melted chips over chow mien noodles. Use two spoons or a large cookie scoop to crate straw stacks on waxed (or parchment) paper. Let set. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! Happy Reading!

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Look! Look! Look!

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A Book Worth Reading: Look! Look! Look!

August is American Artist Appreciation Month, so I want to share a great art book I happened upon at our local library!  Nancy Elizabeth Wallace‘s Look! Look! Look! is the perfect book for guiding your children to explore art, especially if you’re unsure of how to begin.

Look! Look! Look! features three mice–Kiki, Alexander, and Kat–who live in the home of the Bigley family.  One day when the Bigleys are out, a postcard of an art print (you can see the portrait here) comes through the mail slot and the mice decide to borrow it for a bit.  First, the mice make viewing frames from paper and focus on different details in the picture, such as patterns and colors.  Next, they look at the different lines and shapes they see in the portrait.  The mice then explore the different elements from the painting and make some of their own original works before returning the postcard for the Bigleys to find.  The concept is pretty simple:  What do you see in this picture?  However, sometimes I find that a simple guide like this is helpful because it makes me focus on the most basic elements of a picture.  In addition to the story, there is also a glossary of the art terms used as well as a postcard activity.

My kids and I have enjoyed several of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s books over the years and I love her cut paper illustrations–you might recall that this is one of my favorite styles!  Wallace uses her animal characters (mice, in this story, but bears and rabbits in others) to draw the reader in, so that even though you’re reading nonfiction, it has more of a story-like feel to it.  There really is a good amount of information and discussion ideas, so even though this is a picture book it would be totally usable with older kids, too.  As I was getting this post together I found that she has a book called Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture, so I’ve put that on hold at our library and am looking forward to getting more ideas on how to share art with my kids!

If you’re looking for artists and artwork so you can apply the ideas from Look! Look! Look!, don’t forget to check out our Tea Time Artists posts here on the Homeschool Share Blog.  We’ve got lots of book and activity ideas for you so that teaching about art and artists can be fun and easy!