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We’ve been up to our noses in delightful Christmas and Winter reading. Yesterday we read Little Tree which is a story by chris raschka based on a poem by e.e. cummings. (It’s the 58th book Jaylene’s read by herself since we started the 100 books in Grade One project.)

Little Tree

Then we made curly Christmas trees. We’ve made these before but went an extra step this year by adding pompom ornaments.

01 Materials

Two pieces of thick-ish paper cut to triangles the same shape (we glued patterned paper together to make it stronger).
One piece of paper cut out in a spiral.

02 Tree

I attempted to let Jayden join us for this project as he’s currently refusing to take naps and he loves glue. That’s why there are no inbetween pictures. Let’s just say that from now on his glue adventures will take place at school.

Cut down the middle of the top of one of the triangle trees, and up the middle of the bottom of the second. Adjust as needed until they fit together.

Glue pompoms on the spiral, and when they’re dry attach it to the top of the tree.

After we finished our trees, we snuggled under a blanket and watched our twinkly lights on the tree and brainstormed possible poetry lines that we could use to describe our tree. Then some friends arrived and after they left we made homemade pizza so quite a bit of time passed by before Jaylene had a chance to write her poem.  

01 Composing

She even illustrated it.

02 poem

Apparently she wasn’t impressed with e.e. cummings signature style of using lowercase letters.  What’s your favorite winter poem or song?

Magpie Meeting

We’ve been reading the Magpie Meeting which is in English and Chinese and describes Chinese Valentine’s Day. Of course, our banner has been put to good use a lot this week.

Magpie Banner

We’ve also been reading a bunch of new books from the library and I made a stop at Cherry Valley bookstore to try and buy more supertwin books. No luck, they only had the two copies we already own. I did pick up a bunch of Valentine’s Day books (the February style ones, but we still liked reading them now) and some Thanksgiving ones I’ll save for October.

No fancy projects to share, I’ve recovered from the flu-like virus I had and have moved on to a new throat infection.   That won’t stop us from celebrating Father’s Day today.  The 8th day of the 8th month is Father’s day here because the word for 8-8 sounds like Father in Chinese (BaBa).  Even though it might not be Father’s day in your country, I encourage you to give your dad a call, or a hug if you can!

Well, there have been no posts from me because I have been really sick! I started feeling better yesterday afternoon and was able to give some long-missed cuddles to my kids. Jaylene wanted me to read her a story, and even let me pick out which one I could read! We hadn’t read Love You Forever in a long time, so that’s what I chose.

Love You Forever

We’ve made up our own tune to the song and often sing it to each other. However, it had been a while since we’d read the story and it was like a new book to Jaylene. At the end she gave a contented sigh and said “That’s a nice one!” We snuggled some more and then I crawled back to bed.

This is the synopsis I stole from The mother sings to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.” She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary–but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son’s window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she’s too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. (Adding: The circle begins anew with the man’s own very new daughter.)

What’s your all-time favorite sappy children’s story book?


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