A BED TIME GAME
BEFORE WE WENT TO BED, BEFORE WE WERE TO PRAY.
MY GRANDMOTHER HAD US REVIEW EACH AND EVERY DAY,
WHAT WAS GOOD AND WHAT WAS BAD,
WHAT MADE US HAPPY? WHAT MADE US SAD?
Dear parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles significant others and fellow teachers,
As you read this story there are two caveats: First, as your child matures, provide paper, colored pencils, markers and crayons, and perhaps a microphone and a camcorder.
Second, as you read add your own questions.
Often, you only have to read one prompt or two then let your child do what they want to do and better yet join the fun.
NOW THAT YOU’RE OLDER,
FROM EIGHT DOWN TO TWO,
I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS,
I’D LIKE TO ASK ABOUT YOU.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
IF KOALA’S COME FROM AUSTRALIA, #1
AND SOME PENGUINS LIVE IN ZOOS, #2
THEN WHAT ABOUT A GORILLA? #3
AND HOW ABOUT YOU? #4 *
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT?
WE KNOW MOTHS LOVE TO EAT PANTS,
AND AARDVARKS LOVE ANTS.
AND APHIDS LOVE PLANTS,
SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? **
WHAT SOUNDS CAN YOU MAKE?
HYENAS LOVE TO LAUGH,
MULES WILL HEE AND HAW,
PIGS WILL OINK, AND CROWS WILL CAW,
AND HOW ABOUT YOU? ***
WHAT DO YOU HEAR?
CAN YOU HEAR THE CLICK-CLACK OF A TRAIN?
THE CRACK OF THUNDER, THE PIT-PATTER OF RAIN,
OR THE ROAR OF A LION WITH A FLEA IN IT’S MANE,
WHAT ABOUT YOU? ****
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
A MULTICOLORED RAINBOW HIGH IN THE SKY,
DOGS, CATS AND CHILDREN PASSING BY.
A BIG ORANGE PUMPKIN, A CHRISTMAS TREE,
WHAT IS IT? WHAT CAN YOU SEE? *****
WHAT DO YOU FEEL?
THE DELICATE SQUEEZE OF A COTTON BALL,
PUPPIES AND KITTENS SMALL AND TALL,
A MILLION TOUCHES, THE TOUCH OF LOVE
BEING THE BEST OF ALL.
SO, TONIGHT WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP,
FALL INTO YOUR DREAMS WARM AND DEEP,
ONLY IMAGINE THINGS WONDERFUL AND TRUE,
AND I WILL HAVE THE SAME DREAMS TOO.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
IF ELEPHANTS ARE FROM AFRICA, # 1
AND LLAMAS FROM PERU, #2
AND PANDAS FROM CHINA, #3
THEN HOW ABOUT YOU? #4
*Take some pictures off the internet as you do this, reinforcing the above --- local land marks.—your neighborhood. Make a map of your house and hide things in various places. You now have a treasure map.
**Food groups, hamburgers, etc. You’ll be amazed to hear what kids really want
*** Old McDonald sounds- Squeaks and peeps.
**** Sounds we take for granted. Doors closing, cat’s meow, and of course music and laughter and giggles!
***** Play find me. Subtly, describe something in the room and have you child find it.
Try hiding unusual / unexpected objects.
****** As your children grow older you may make the game more and more sophisticated.
For the older child
#1.Illustrations on page one might have a map of Africa surrounded by the Med, Red, Indian and Atlantic; the dunes of the Sahara, the Nile, Niger, Congo and Orange Rivers; Lake Victoria, Chad, Tanganyika, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, and definitely some animals.
#2. Illustrations might include the Andes, Machu Pichu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon, the rainforest including snakes and monkeys. The Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian Oceans, the North & South Poles.
#2. Pix of a Llama & Panda
#3. Illustrations might include the Great Wall, Pandas, Imperial City, the Yellow River, Yangtzee, and Hong Kong.
#4. Then your illustrations might include a Mercator projection of the world, a Goggle Earth Pro map with a few items from the above and try to have your child find themselves.
A PELICAN'S BEAK
A PELICAN IS AN INCREDIBLE SIGHT.
AWKWARD ON LAND BUT PERFECT IN FLIGHT.
A TINGE OF ORANGE ON A BRIGHT YELLOW BILL,
WATCHING A PELICAN EAT IS ALWAYS A THRILL
BECAUSE ITS BEAK ISN’T MADE TO BITE.
WHEN IT OPENS UP WIDE, IT SWALLOWS THE LIGHT.
IT DIVES FROM THE SKY AND INTO THE SEA,
SPOONING UP FISHES ONE, TWO, AND THREE,
A PELICAN CAN'T TALK - OR SAY YES OR NO.
CAN'T GIVE A WEATHER REPORT - OR SAY WHERE TO GO.
IT'S A COMICAL BIRD WITH A WADDLE WHEN IT WALKS.
AND WHEN IT COMES TO SPEECH WELL IT JUST SQUAWKS.
BUT THE PELICAN’S BEAK AT ANY PRICE,
IS A WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE FISHING DEVICE.
I I I
SOME PEOPLE BRUSH AGAINST OUR LIVES AND DISAPPEAR.
OTHERS, LIKE OCEAN WAVES BATHE OUR SOULS
AND BECOME AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR HEARTS.
OUR PULSES QUICKEN IN THEIR PRESENCE
OUR MINDS BECOME KEENER
THESE FRIENDS IGNORE OUR FRAILTIES
ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE POSSIBILITIES WITHIN.
THEY NURTURE, THEY HONE YOUR INTELLECT, ENCOURAGE, HUMOR
THEY CHALLENGE YOUR WEAKNESSES AND ADD TO YOUR STRENGTHS.
THEY HUM, LAUGH, CRY, DANCE AND SKIP WITH YOU.
THE SUN AND MOON RISE AND SET BECAUSE OF LAWS OF NATURE
A FRIEND STANDS AT YOUR SIDE --- BECAUSE THAT IS THEIR NATURE
MY BED IS A THREAD
AND THAT THREAD IS MY BREAD
ELASTIC AND STICKY SOME SAY
OF COURSE IT SAVES MY DAY
IT FEEDS MY INSIDES
IT KEEPS ME ALIVE
I WEAVE IN DARK CORNERS
OR THE LEGS OF CHAIR
ON WINDOW PANES
ANYWHERE --I DON’T CARE
DON’T SIGH AND DON’T SHRUG
I’M THE ONE WHO EATS THE BUGS
The Fourth Duck From the End
Quack, quack quack. Hi I'm Jack