Reading Memories

Two of my best reading memories are reading books on an airplane. What is it about reading on an airplane? I’m not sure, but for me I have the chance to let go of reality for a little while and dive into a new world as I read the words on the page. Maybe it’s lowering my head and focusing my eyes on the text, and before I know it the plane ride is over and we’re landing. Perhaps it’s because it helps the time pass by quickly. I like to think it’s because I’ve become so involved and engrossed in the setting, characters, and plot that I feel like a part of the story. I’m the fly on the wall observing the characters. I’m a bystander on the road scoffing at the decisions the main character just made. I’m becoming the character, catching my breath as the events unfold.

The two stories that I have the best memories of (when reading on an airplane) are The Street Lawyer by John Grisham, and a biography of Harriet Tubman (I wish I knew which one so I could give credit to the author who captured my attention, and held it for the course of the book!) The Street Lawyer was the first John Grisham book that I had read. I felt like I was right along side Michael Brock as he faced dangers and difficult decisions. This book had the “so what” factor. He was almost a partner in the law firm. “So what?”- 9 lawyers are taken hostage. “So what?”- Michael goes after his attacker. “So what?”- Michael gains enemies and faces tough decisions. “So what?”- I want to read more!!

The Harriet Tubman biography was a great resource on her life and all that she experienced. I learned so much about her life and all that she endured as a slave. As I read, I almost felt like a slave she was helping in the Underground Railroad. The “so what?” factor in that book was that I wanted to learn more about what happened to her. The more I learned, the more I wanted to read.

Well-written books should capture your attention. You should be able to “make a movie in your mind” as the story unfolds. You should feel like the fly on the wall, the bystander making judgements, and perhaps feel the emotions the characters are experiencing. You should be able to find the “so what?” in the book. What makes the book “so great” and makes you want to read more?

What’s your favorite reading memory?

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Write a Moment

Hey there! Welcome to my blog. I see you managed to find your way over to this page. Was it by accident? Were you trying to click on the picture of the cute puppy, but thanks to the lovely internet, you somehow managed to wind up here? Or perhaps you clicked on a link which led you to a website, which led you to a blog, which led you to another blog, which led you to yet another blog, and the viola! You found me. However you made your way here, thanks for stopping by.

                So why should you stick around? With so many options out there to read, what’s the big deal?  After all, I don’t have some catchy title or adorable puppy photo. You won’t find the latest trend in fashion, the newest gadget, or even a movie review. What you’ll find is an honest opinion and someone who’s trying their hand at writing. I hope you find this blog to be like a friend you sat down next to on the front porch swing on a spring day. Or maybe not. Either way, just for curiosity sake, stick around.

                “Write a moment” is the name of my blog. That is what we have every day. Moments that come quickly and leaves just as fast. So many things can happen in a moment. A kiss. A blink. An accident. A new beginning. So I’m going to write about those moments. And throw in a little humor just for fun. We might as well laugh for as many moments as we can. After all, if you’re going to take the time to read a blog, you might as well get something fun out of it!

-Sarah

Recycle on the Brain

I’m working on a couple of book ideas about things you can recycle. My latest obsession is plastic lids. There are lids on everything! Lid after lid after lid piles up in the trashcan and is carried away to the masses in the landfills. How can we reduce the number of lids in the landfills? By using them for other things! I’ve found 80 ways you can reuse lids that come on your household containers.

Here are ideas # 1-5...

1. Use a peanut butter lid to cover your open cans of soda to keep the fizz in

2. Use as a spoon rest when cooking

3. Use as water dishes for small pets

4. Floor protectors to put on the bottom of furniture so the furniture doesn’t ruin your floors

5. Water catchers for your potted plants

Recycle, reduce, reuse

Tip: Every day items you can recycle for art projects

1. Starbucks coffee cups

Great for holding paint, stirring food coloring, holding glue, sorting art supplies

2. Danimals crunchers yogurt containers

The tubs could be used for sorting art supplies, holding paint

The lids could be used for holding paint, glitter, beads, rice, beans

The tubs and lids could be used for storage of art supplies

3. Egg cartons

So many uses! Sorting colors of beads, pom poms, rice, noodles, paint, food coloring…

4. Toilet paper rolls

Endless uses! Kaleidoscopes, toy cars, parts of crafts, large necklaces (when used with yarn), rain noise makers, homemade robots, stacking rolls…

5. Lids/Tops of containers

-Glue foam stamps on top to make stampers for ink pads

-Dip edges in paint to make painted circles

-Poke holes in middle of lids, and string with yarn

-Sort lids by color and size

-Milk cap number matching (from We Can Do All Things http://wecandoallthings.blogspot.com/)

-Yarn Sewing (Putti’s World http://www.puttisworld.com/2011/06/pre-sewing-activities.html)

Tip: Creating paper mache with toddlers

I wanted to create paper mache with my toddlers, but I wasn’t sure if it was too advanced for them. I found this craft idea through Pinterest and The Chocolate Muffin Tree website.

The Chocolate Muffin Tree Egg Shaped Lanterns-

http://pinterest.com/pin/36028865738986132/

http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2011/04/egg-shaped-lanterns.html

I like this craft because it is simple. You just wrap yarn around the balloon. Spread glue on the balloon with a brush, and then just place the tissue paper on to the balloon. I learned that you have to make sure your yarn is long enough to wrap around the balloon. Some of the pieces I cut were a little short. We still used them, but it was harder to keep on the balloon. Also, larger tissue paper works better than smaller pieces (covers more of the balloon).

Activity: Mixed colors

You could overlap the colors of tissue paper to “mix” them and discuss what new color was made with the first two colors.

Activity: Shapes

You could use different types of balloons to create different shapes. You can discuss the different shapes you have made. I wonder if you could usedifferent plastic containers (just have to figure out how to extract the yarn off of the plastic…).

Activity: Create a story

You could make the lantern and then create a story such as…

-a kid who uses them in their village

-a kid makes one for a celebration/holiday

-a kid who makes one in memory of someone they love who is gone

Activity: Just for fun

Just create one for fun viewing! 🙂

Tip: Practicing writing using different methods

We practiced writing the letter “b” and straight lines one afternoon. My daughter writes her letter b’s by putting the stick on top of the circle, instead of to the left of the circle. I thought this would be a fun way to see the proper way to create the letter b. My son is only 2, but I wanted him to learn some basic writing skills, so my goal for him was to practice drawing straight lines (easier said than done).

Activity 1: Practice writing letters with pencil and paper

I created letters for my children to trace. I drew the letter b several times on a sheet of paper. I used dotted lines for my daughter to trace, as well as just write the letter using solid lines. Then I had her trace the lines. For my son, I did the same thing, except with straight lines. My daughter did well, but my son had trouble drawing the lines.

Activity 2: Using salt, glue, and food coloring

I found a fun way play with salt and glue through pinterest and the website One Perfect Day.

http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2012/04/27/kids-art-raised-salt-painting/

http://pinterest.com/pin/232287293251423737/

The website had kids making pictures, but I thought this would be a great way to practice letter writing.

I wrote the letters and straight lines on the construction paper and then had my kids cover them in glue. Then I had them choose a color from the food coloring box and put the color in some water. Then they used droppers to wet the salt. Thus making the letters and lines! Then I let them have fun and create whatever they wanted on another piece of paper.

Activity 3: Use shaving cream

It was quite messy, but we had a blast! I had my daughter write the “letter b” in shaving cream and my son try to write lines in the cream. I had them use the shaving cream on cookie sheets, but you could also use it right on a table top. They loved it and we will definitely do it again!