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What books do you like to read with your kids in the winter? I posted some of our winter recommendations here, and I'd love to hear your own!
uniquely maritime invention! (Feel free to appropriate as you deem necessary.)
Here he is with Thomas.
We have been reading this great winter poem book - Winter Poems (that's the cover up in the first picture). There's even something by Shakespeare in it, which is partly why I love it! This poem is called "A Merry Note," and the last line of each stanza reads:
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
As a verb it means "turn upside down; upset." Makes sense considering the noun, which I already knew. Of course, I also know what it means to "keel over," but now I shall be confident in my verb usage! I keel pots on a regular basis, don't you?
We all just think it's a funny line. It still begs the question though, who is greasy Joan?
My darling sister sent me this delightful book for Christmas.
I'm excited to try some of the activities and prompts to keep my own story juices flowing and get the kids in the practice of making up their own stores. I'd love to make some of the story rocks and other more crafty things, but a couple weeks ago I did a very simple version of a story bag, just with drawing some simple pictures on a piece of paper, cutting them up, and putting them in a little bag.
The kids took turns pulling a piece of paper out the bag, and we made up our story as we went along. They thought it was wonderful, and afterwards made up their own versions. For this bag I used mostly wintery words, and it would be easy enough to change things up with the seasons, or with any passing interest.