CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 21, 2014

Labor Day—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LABOR DAY—CHILDREN’S STORIES, POEMS, & MORE

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For children (of all ages), and to make it easier for parents and caregivers on holidays, I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and fingerplays that provide Labor Day entertainment.

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JOKES

Dad: Most people don’t have to work today because it’s Labor Day.

Son: If they’re not working, shouldn’t it be ‘No-Labor Day?”

More at http://kidsjokes.co.uk/jokes/holiday/labordayjokes.html

 

Q: Why did the policeman go to the baseball game?
A: He heard someone had stolen a base!

 

Q: Why did the lazy man want a job in a bakery?
A: So he could loaf around!

More at http://www.ducksters.com/jokesforkids/occupation.php

Q: What did the football coach say to the broken vending machine?

A: “Give me my quarterback!”

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Q: Why won’t a cannibal eat people that work at gas stations?

A:They give him gas.

Q: Why were the teacher’s eyes crossed?

A: She couldn’t control her pupils.

More at http://www.familyentertainer.com/kidjokes.html

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QUOTES

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word –

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December 28, 2013

Snow Tubing Part 1: The Holland Family

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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Hug for all those who snow tube.

SNOW TUBING
Part 1
THE HOLLAND FAMILY

Marcus with Grandma Holland

Snow tubing provided Marcus and the rest of the family with a day of joy , as the photos in the accompanying post demonstrate. Part 1 is the family’s experience from Marcus’ point of view. Snow Tubing Part 2: Carolyn’s 1st Ride relates my first and last experience riding a snow tube down a steep hill.   Carolyn

It was cold and windy this morning when I awoke. I was excited about going snow tubing, but my brother Vince was less excited because he really wanted to go skiing.

“I don’t want to go skiing,” I said. “I want to go snow tubing.”

Because my cousin Jordan wanted to go snow tubing and she could only go today, my Daddy and Grandpa Holland decided we would go to the Hidden Valley Resort snow tubing hills, tucked in the Laurel Ridge off Rt. 31.

Vince and I went snow tubing during the Cleveland Snow Days when I was 5 and Vince was 7, two years ago. While we were there we also watched the Ohio State versus Michigan hockey game. Unfortunately, Michigan won although we were cheering for Ohio. And we also went ice skating.

The hills (at Hidden Valley) looked big, In Cleveland, the hills were just slanted, in a straight line. Here there was a big slope and a hump, then another straight slope and a second smaller hump.

I wanted to pick the orange tube to ride, but Vince got to it first. I picked a red one because there were only red ones left.
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Then we went on the conveyor belt, also known as the moving carpet. I liked this because you didn’t have to walk uphill, but I didn’t like it because it moved slow. Everyone but Vince took the conveyor belt to the top of the hill. Vince had run ahead and was almost at the top of the hill when Daddy, Mommy, Jordan and I stepped onto the conveyor belt.

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Workers keep an eye out for safety.

It was fun that I got to go downhill fast, and got to scream and put my arms up. It was like a roller coaster ride. On the ride snow was blowing in our face. I was cold before the ride, but after the first ride I warmed up a whole lot. After a while I got sweaty under my clothes. I had too many of them on.

“My Daddy had to wave his cap to let my Grandma (Holland) it was us coming down the hill. She was trying to get pictures.”
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The ride could be as a train (also known as a snake), which is tubes in a line; a bundle, which is a group of tubes, or an individual.

A train (or snake)

A train (or snake)

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December 17, 2013

Christmas—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More

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CHRISTMAS—CHILDREN’S STORIES, POEMS, & MORE

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For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide CHRISTMAS entertainment.

NOTE: To access a companion Christmas post click on Santa Claus—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More

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Why was the turkey the drummer in the pop group?
Because he was the only one with drumsticks!

What’s a sheep’s favorite Christmas carol?
We wish ewe a merry Christmas.

More: http://www.hellokids.com/c_5610/reading-online/jokes-and-riddles/christmas-jokes/santa-claus-jokes#wOS949kWtCBX5C3h.99

Q: What is Count Dracula’s Christmas story? (more…)

December 15, 2013

Santa Claus—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More

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SANTA CLAUS—CHILDREN’S STORIES, POEMS, & MORE

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 For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Santa Claus entertainment.

NOTE: Also visit Christmas—Children’s Stories, Poems, & More is devoted to the meaning of the season, celebrating Christ’s birthday, as opposed to Santa Claus, a secular approach to Christmas. Together with this post the Christmas season is covered for children.

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JOKES

Who delivers Christmas presents for cats?

Santa Paws!

More:  http://www.carols.org.uk/christmas-jokes/christmas-joke-08.htm

What do you get if you cross Father Christmas with a duck?
A Christmas Quacker!

Why does Santa like to work in his garden?
Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!

What is invisible but smells like milk and cookies?
Kris Kringle burps!

What do you call Santa when he has no money?
Saint “Nickel”-less!

More:  http://www.worldofchristmas.net/chistmas-jokes/santa-claus-jokes.html

Q: How do you know Santa Claus is good at karate?

A: He has a black belt!

Q:  What’s black, white and red all over?

A: Santa Claus after he comes down the chimney!

More:  http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/santa-claus-and-christmas-jokes-for-kids/

What comes at the end of Christmas Day?

A: A Y!

More:  http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/santa-claus-and-christmas-jokes-for-kids/ christmas-coloring-pages

TONGUE TWISTERS

Seven Santas sang silly songs.

Comet cuddles cute Christmas (more…)

October 24, 2013

Halloween—-Children’s Stories & Poems

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HALLOWE’EN

CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Halloween entertainment, including jokes, tongue twisters, and coloring pages.

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JOKES

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Q. Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders?
A. Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
A: I scream!

Q: When is it bad luck to be followed by a black cat?
A: When you’re a mouse.    More

How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
He turns into a bat every night.

How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery? (more…)

October 12, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 8/16/2013: Carefree Summer Memory

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Hug for my son Nolan.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 8/16/2013:

CAREFREE SUMMER MEMORY

The wordpress Weekly Photo Challenge for August 16, 2013 is Carefree Summer Memory : Summer memories make everything feel magical to me — carefree and untroubled…share a photo that means CAREFREE to you!

A picture of my son Nolan many years ago.

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June 25, 2013

July 4th—Children’s Stories & Poems

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JULY 4TH:

CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide July 4th entertainment, especially when waiting to see what sweetheart messages await the reader.

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What did King George think of the American colonists?

He thought they were revolting!

Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?

At the chopping mall.

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?

The Americans licked the British!

Link http://www.theinertia.com/comedy/happy-fourth-of-july-jokes/

Why did the British soldiers wear red coat?

So they could hide in the tomatoes.

How was the good at the Fourth of July picnic?

The hot dogs were bad, but the brats were the wurst!

Why did the duck say, “Bang”?

He was a fire-quacker.

More http://academictips.org/funny-jokes/fourth-of-july-jokes/

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?

Yankee Poodle!

Why were the early American settlers like ants?

Because they lived in colonies. (more…)

June 11, 2013

Father’s Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

 FATHER’S DAY:

 CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

thumb_hammer_saw_wrenchFor children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Father’s Day entertainment, especially when waiting to see what sweetheart messages await the reader.

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JOKES

Father’s Day always worried James. He was afraid that he will get a gift he can’t afford.

More http://www.freetimejokes.com/latest-jokes/jokes/165-fathers-day-jokes/

What did the father ghost say to the naughty baby ghost?
Spook when you’re spooken to!

Teacher (on phone): You say Michael has a cold and can’t come to school today? To whom am I speaking?
Voice: This is my father.

More http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/jokes_for_fathers_day.htm

Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?
Science student: When my father sees my report card!

Pee Wee: How is the baby bird like its dad?
Westy: How?
Pee Wee: It’s a chirp off the old block.

Jacob: I have a lot of my dad’s genes.
Dave: Really? I bet they (more…)

June 9, 2013

Flag Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
FLAG DAY
CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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FLAG DAY (also see 11 Facts About Flag Day: June 14 )

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Flag Day entertainment and information.

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What did one US flag say to the other?
(Nothing, it just waved!)

More   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/usa.shtml

Where is there an American flag which is never lowered never raised and never saluted?

Link   On the moon, left by the astronauts.

What’s red, white, blue and yellow?
The Star-spangled Banana!

What did the patriotic dog do on Flag Day?
He flagged his tail!
More http://www.kidsjokes.co.uk/jokes/holiday/flagdayjokes.html

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle.

More http://academictips.org/funny-jokes/fourth-of-july-jokes/

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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. —James Bryce

True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. —Robert Reich

MORE http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html

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YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

MORE http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/youreagrandoldflag.php

AMERICAN FLAG  (sung to “Frere Jacques”)

What is red? What is white?
What is blue? What is striped?
What has many stars? What has many stars?
Can you guess, how many there are?
Then the kids shout 50.

FLAG SONG  (sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Our flag is red, white, & blue red,
white & blue red,
white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.

Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has (more…)

May 21, 2013

Memorial Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
MEMORIAL DAY:
CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and quotes that provide Memorial Day reflection.

(NOTE: CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS now located at Carolyn’s Online Magazine

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WHAT IS MEMORIAL DAY?

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service… Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic…and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery…
MORE http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Memorial Day…observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military…(it) became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.
MORE http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history

Children are emotionally immature and have little life experience. Thus their concept of death can be fanciful or otherwise dealt with. Our culture also demonstrates, in all its combination of media, movies, and electronics, that life is temporary.

Perhaps a simple explanation comes from life and death in nature—leaves and flowers being “born,” wearing greens and bright colors, fading away only to return next year.

Have a respectful Memorial Day weekend with your children and family…Carolyn Cornell Holland

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MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS
Decorating graves of military men who died in service with flags
Decorating graves of military men and those who have passed with flowers
Parades
Cookouts/picnics
Family/friends gathering

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MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
…send out cards to soldiers that are currently deployed. Many soldiers look forward to hearing from home. Kids can draw pictures or create cards to send overseas to the soldiers currently fighting.
…fly the flag at your home on Memorial Day to honor the troops.
… teach your child how to display a flag properly. Teach them how they should handle a flag when raising it and lowering it.
More http://www.more4kids.info/2439/memorial-day-ways-to-help-kids-honor-our-troops/

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QUOTES

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. —George Washington

Memorial Day this year is especially important As we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life. —Robin Hayes

137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s (more…)

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