Gardening: Print thispicture for your child to color and discuss with you. One sentence lets you record your child’s thoughts at this age and has a line for you to share your own thoughts with your child.
Gardening: There’s nothing like a garden. Print this page and use it to write a story about a garden you’ve seen or worked in. What did you do? What grew there? Did you have fun?
Essay prompt: People often call our childhood years the formative years when the seeds of knowledge and morals are planted in a child. Based on your upbringing, what seeds do you feel have been planted in you, what will grow from them, and what fruit do you expect to reap?
Poetry prompt: Write a cento (a poem made up of lines written by other poets) or a mixed canto (a poem which intersperses lines from other poets with lines of one’s own) using a “seed” line from a famous poem.
- Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary (Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”)
- I like to see it lap the miles (Emily Dickinson, “I Like to See It Lap the Miles”)
- An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you/Ef you/Don't/Watch/Out! (James Whitcomb Riley, “Little Orphant Annie”)
- I am the master of my fate (William Ernest Henley, “Invictus”)
Other popular lines of poetry can be found at http://blog.inkyfool.com/2012/01/fifty-most-quoted-lines-of-poetry.html.
Lifestory prompt1: (Monday) There’s nothing like a summer garden. Tell us about a summer garden you have had.