💛2021 Spring Fling KidLit Writing Contest💛

Dawn Young (112 words)

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             JACK AND JILL

“Jumping Juniper

cloudless skies!”

Jack is curious,

“Jill,” he cries.

Chirping chick-a-des.

Buzzing bees!

Squirls scampering,

humming trees.

Spring’s awakening.

“Let’s go hop!

Hill awaiting

at the top.”

Pail is waterless,

not in need.

Chores forgotten

yes, indeed!

Jill is overjoyed.

Spring has sprung.

Flying butterflies,

Oh, what fun!

Brand new buttercups

fill the fields.

Nice and colorful.

beauty yields.

Day was fabulous.

Sky turns gray.

Rain’s predicted,

We can’t stay.

Running hurriedly

down we go.

Jill starts tumbling

fast not slow.

Rolling lopsided

boom she falls.

Standing vertically,

“Help!” Jill calls.

Shrieking bellowing,

“I’m not hurt!”

Brushing franticly,

lots of dirt.

Walking silently

had a blast.

Comfy residence,

home at last!

💛Mrs. Good Choice Loves to Write💛

Susanna Leonard Hill / Valentiny Writing Contest / 197 words

BRAVE NEW FRIENDS / by Dawn Young

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Mary has a Valentine,

she wants to give away.

But every time that Mary tries,

no words can she convey.

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She swallows hard, and tries her luck,

to try out something new.

While all the children laugh and play,

She gets a tiny clue.

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In her hand she holds a heart, 

as tightly as can be.

She doesn’t want her secret crush,

to see her by the tree.

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And all at once, there he stands,

a smile upon his face.

In his hand is something pink,

all trimmed in pretty lace.

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“Just for you, my special friend.”

Mary turns bright red.

He handed her a Valentine.

He turned around and fled.

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One more time she tries her luck.

She tries to be quite brave!

There he sat upon the slide

She gives a silent wave.

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As Mary bends to say hello.

Her crush begins to wiggle.

“Here’s a card, just for you.”

They both begin to giggle.

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“Will you be my Valentine?”

He whispers in her ear.

“Yes! Will you?” she bravely asks.

“I’m glad that you are here!”

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Nate is new in Mary’s class.

He came just yesterday.

“I am glad that we are friends.

Hip-hip-hip-hooray!”


💛Mrs. Good Choice’s 2020 Writing Successes💛

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2020.

1 Completed 12 picture book drafts & numerous revisions.

2 Revised three picture book manuscripts ready for submission.

3 Queried 36 publishers and agents in 2020 / Received 16 personalized rejections.

4 Participated in the SCBWI Summer Spectacular on line Conference.

5 Received Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Word Contest.

6 Participated in the SCBWI Midsouth Critique & Revision Series.

7 Applied for the SCBWI Midsouth Mentor Program. Didn’t get accepted but received an encouraging email from Rita Lorraine, author of THE OLDEST STUDENT, stating I was one of the finalist and to keep writing.

8 Enjoyed working with my new Critique Group members. / I love working with my individual Critique partners, Jenny and Jill.

9 Participated in ReFoReMo to learn about Comp Titles.

10 Was only able to host one SCBWI Midsouth Nashville Area Writing Social due to Covid.

11 Participated in #PBPitch and #PBMad on Twitter.

12 Participated in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Writing Contests

Dawn Young

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💛DEAR SANTA💛

Suzanna Hill’s, Holiday Helper Contest: 246 wc                                                                 

Dear Santa,

It’s me Joey. You remember me, last year I asked for a bike, stuff to build a  treehouse, and a puppy. Benji is getting big and learning to shake hands. He is my best friend! Thank you, Santa!

This year I would like a different kind of gift. I need fifteen blankets! I bet you think our house is cold or that I like to sleep in my treehouse. But that’s not why I need the blankets. 

Last Saturday my family drove around our town looking at Christmas lights. Along the way we saw people sitting or sleeping on the ground. My Dad told me that these people were down on their luck and didn’t have a house to live in.

This made me sad. I can’t stop thinking about one family I saw living in the park. There was a mom, dad and two boys. I know the older boy, Nathan. He goes to my school. I didn’t know his family was homeless. 

About the blankets, I want my family to make goodie bags and deliver them and the blankets to the people on the streets. I told my mom and dad about seeing Nathan and asked if we could please help his family. 

Guess what? Dad went and talked to Nathan’s dad. Our church is going to help them get a house! Mom said we can invite them over for Christmas dinner! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

Joey

P.S. Benji would like a big bone!

💛Mrs. Good Choice’s💛Top Ten💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public-school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

After spending thirty-three years in the field of education, it is no secret, that I have learned so much from the little people that have surrounded me. In my abundance of learning experiences, I would like to share my favorite top ten lessons I have learned on my journey.

#10 Parents are Our First Teacher

#9 Never Compare Siblings

#8 Respect Everyone You Meet, Regardless of Their Circumstances

#7 Children Need to be Taught Responsibility

#6 Our Job as Adults, is to be Good Role Models for Children

#5 Always Try to Keep a Positive Attitude

#4 Reading and Books are Special Treasures

#3 It Does Take a Village to Raise a Child

#2 Children are Jewels, Waiting to Shine

#1 All Children Need to Feel Loved

Would love to hear from you. Please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

💛Blessings Until Next Time💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                            Author                                                                                                                                                            THE ABCs OF MAKING GOOD CHOICES                                                                                         Mrs. Good Choice Series

Begin Fascinating Facts Friday with Help from💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

First off, I need to apologize for the long time frame between posts. I have been busy finishing an early chapter book series for young readers and beginning a middle school chapter book. I also work two part time jobs, one in an elementary school helping children with reading skills and the other, I am a Clinical Supervisor helping Student Teachers perfect their skills.

With that said, I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, Witty Wednesday, and Thematic Thursday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Fascinating Facts Friday to round out the week. I remember when I was a child, my younger brother hated to read books.  The only books he ever showed interest in were books that discussed World Records. He would constantly rattle off facts to us out of the blue. My parents were happy that he at least was reading something.

Kids love interesting facts. Our world is full of amazing facts. A great place to start is by exploring books from your child’s school library and public library.  There are many web sites to explore with your children.  Here are just a few:

Cool Kid Facts     https://www.coolkidfacts.com                                                                                   Fun Science Facts for Kids     http://www.sciencekids.co.nz                                                      Weird But True     https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

In my own research, I came across the following list of facts about some very famous books that you have probably already read to your children.

Here are 16 fun facts about your favorite children’s books:
1. On Market Street
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel’s most famous characters, make a surprise appearance in another of his books, “On Market Street.” Look for them on the “T” page, hiding in plain sight as hand puppets.

2. The Cat in the Hat
It was born out of Dr. Seuss’s desire to find a more compelling way to teach kids basic reading skills, according to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Goodnight Moon
3. Look for the mouse that appears on each page, and notice that the clock slowly changes from 7:10 to 8:10 as the book progresses. Another Margaret Wise Brown book, “The Runaway Bunny,” appears as an open book on the bookshelf in the background. Speaking of Margaret Wise Brown, she didn’t have any children when she died at the age of 42, so she left the rights to “Goodnight Moon” to her young neighbor, according to Mental Floss.

4. Clifford the Big Red Dog
The titular character of this classic children’s book series was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife, according to Scholastic.

5. Where the Wild Things Are
When Maurice Sendak was illustrating a book about horses, he realized he wasn’t very good at drawing them. Instead, he turned them into strange beasts. The book became “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter’s manuscript was rejected by publishers six times. Potter was determined to see her book in print and self-published 250 copies. Since then, it has sold more than 45 million copies.

7. Henry Huggins
After she realized that all of her characters in “Henry Huggins” were only children, Beverly Cleary, according to her website, added in Ramona as Beezus’ little sister. Ramona ended up as one of Cleary’s most famous and beloved characters.

8. Nancy Drew
The famous girl detective Nancy Drew might have been known by a different name. In the early stages of the series, the publisher considered naming her Stella Strong, Nan Nelson or Diana Dare, says January magazine.

9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss bet his publisher $50 that he could write a book using 50 words or less. He won, according to CNN, after creating “Green Eggs and Ham,” which contains exactly 50 words.

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has sold a copy a minute, according to Mental Floss.

11. The Outsiders
When she was just 17, S.E. Hinton saw her book “The Outsiders” go to print.

12. The Polar Express
Keep your eyes open to find a white bull terrier in Chris Van Allsburg’s books, including “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.” The dog is based on Winston, his brother-in-law’s white dog, says his website.

13. The Night Before Christmas
According to St. Nicholas Center, Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” gave the world a modern description of Santa Claus: plump, bearded and the owner of eight reindeer.

14. The Phantom Tollbooth
None of the illustrations actually show the main character Milo in a tollbooth.

15. Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s classic introduced new words into the English language, including mimsy, chortle and jabberwocky, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.

16. Curious George
The authors of Curious George were forced to flee Paris during World War II’s German occupation, according to the New York Times. They weren’t able to carry much, but one thing made it into their suitcase: the original Curious George manuscript.Your child’s school library or the public library have numerous fact books to check out. I remember as a child, my brother hated to read books. But he loved books with World Records. He was always quoting us facts.

Children love to research new topics. When they are looking up facts, they are not only reading but learning in the process.  Hope you enjoy your family time together.

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                                Author
 

Begin Thematic Thursdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, and Witty Wednesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thematic Thursday into your child’s week. Where do I begin, you may ask yourself? It is very simple … ask your child! All children have different interests. This is the time to zone in and teach children about things they already love. It all begins through great conversations with your children. Listen to what your child has to say.

The age of your child is a big factor in choosing the correct Thursday theme. Here are 10 great preschool age children themes to help you get started: Alphabet, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Nursery Rhymes, Days of the Week, Four Seasons, Type of Transportation, Community Helpers.

Incorporating Thematic Thursday is a great way to help children master and generalize different skills they may not learn any where else. It also immerses children with new vocabulary and concepts.

For older children, themes come in many categories … math, science, reading, writing, drawing, dramatic play, history, geography, music, cooking, photography and so many more.

The first step is finding the theme that interests your child best.
The second step is planning the activities within the theme. Today it is easy to plan activities through the help of google and pinterest.

For example:

If a child is interested in Space, the total Solar Eclipse will be taking place August 21, 2017. This would be a great time to teach them important facts about space and allow them to create a model of the solar system. Ask them to demonstrate a model of the Solar Eclipse. Children remember best when they use all five of their senses to learn. As a family you could bake Solar Eclipse Cookies.  Don’t forget to go outside and watch the Solar Eclipse together.

If your child is a planner … ask them to help you plan next weeks dinner menu. Allow them to grocery shop with you and also teach them about staying on a budget.

If your child loves music … teach them about the different instruments that make the great sound.

Parents,  learn to think outside the box. Children’s minds are amazing! You are their first teacher … Have Fun spending quality time together with Thematic Thursdays.

Fascinating Facts Fridays ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                      Author

Begin Witty Wednesdays with Help from 💙Mrs. Good Choice💙

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday and Thoughtful Tuesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Witty Wednesday to your week. How often have you heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Laughter and smiles are a universal language. It doesn’t matter if people don’t even speak the same language, a smile can mean so much to another person. I have experienced this, personally.

Our son and daughter-in-laws’s wedding and reception come to my mind. My daughter-in-law’s parents are Chinese and do not speak English. My husband and I could not speak their language, but this did not stop us from communicating with them through smiles and laughter.

Research shows that people who laugh a lot often live very long lives. Think about all of the old comedians, actors and actresses: George Burns, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and many more. Several of them lived to be in their 80’s,90’s and even 100. Now I am showing my age! (giggle …giggle!)

So, how can you incorporate Witty Wednesday into your household or classroom. Begin by introducing your children to funny tongue twisters! They are silly and often don’t make a lot of sense, but they can definitely help a child practice pronunciation:

Easy Tongue Twisters
– We saw a saw which is made of a big see-saw!
– The show had a shocking showstopper who saved the show!
– Row the row-boat through the river rarely making a row
– Popcorn popped with a loud pop and Poppy heard the pop!
– Wide way was full of weeds and weeds filled the wide way
– Wrap the rope with rapper
– Jill and Jilly ate some jelly and Jill loved jelly than Jilly loved jelly
– Chuck checked the chalk and Chuck choked on the chalk
– I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
– I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.

Medium Tongue Twisters
– Fuzzy Wuzzy 
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?

– Can you can a can 
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

– I have got a date 
I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.

– Two witches, two watches 
If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Difficult Tongue Twisters
Betty Botter 
Betty Botter had some butter. “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter. If I bake this bitter butter, it would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter – that would make my batter better.”
So, she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and the batter was not bitter. So ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.

Doctor doctoring 
When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?

Tongue twisters help to improve the speaking abilities of the child and help to develop a clear and perfect pronunciation. They come to understand the nuances of language, say, the difference between similar vowel sounds, different meaning of same-sounding words etc. They will learn the language through fun and play. So give it a try!

Another way of having fun on Witty Wednesday is by teaching your children fun riddles and jokes. As an elementary principal, every morning, at the end of my daily announcements over the loud speaker, I told a joke of the day. My students loved to hear the jokes.

You could hear laughter in the hallways coming from classrooms. My kindergarten teachers told me that most of the time their students didn’t understand a joke … but they laughed anyway.

I learned that some children do not like to read and visit the library. However, after incorporating ‘joke of the day’ into our daily routine, children who didn’t care for reading began to check joke books out of the school library. Our school librarian was amazed! Many children would stop me in the hall to ask me to share a joke they found through their own reading. Children were reading, but having fun in the process.

Play silly games with your children. Something simple such as I Spy with My Little Eye or memory games, eg. I am going to Arizona and taking an apple.

The key to Witty Wednesday is just have FUN with your children!

Thematic Thursday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛
Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                Children’s Author

Begin Thoughtful Tuesdays with Help from 💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choichttps://mrsgoodchoice.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/picture-of-school-children.jpg?w=2924es. She now wants to help YOU! 

I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Thoughtful Tuesday to your week. It is important that we are raising selfless children in today’s world. What better way to remind them to put others first than by reminding them on a weekly basis.

Begin by teaching children the meaning of being thoughtful. The word thoughtful is an adjective that means showing consideration for others. Talk with your children, get their ideas about whom would benefit by having something nice done for them. Their ideas will amaze you!

As adults, it is our job to be role models. When you are completing thoughtful deeds for others, talk to your children about it. Show them in a concrete way what you are trying to teach them. If thoughtfulness is part of your routine, then children are more likely to pick up the habit.
Here are 10 easy ideas to help kick start Thoughtful Tuesday:
1. Do a chore for someone without their knowledge
2. Bake something with your child and share with a neighbor
3. Write a nice note and leave it in a library book for someone to find
4. Send a homemade card to a relative
5. Pick up litter at school or in your community
6. Volunteer together at an animal shelter
7. Make and deliver pictures or cards to a senior center
8. Donate to a charity of your choice
9. Hide nice notes around the house for family members to find
10. Make a fun craft and give it to someone you care about

Have fun and good luck!
Witty Wednesday ideas coming soon😊

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S

Author

Begin Mannerly Mondays with Help from💛 Mrs. Good Choice 💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

💛2016 is finished and 2017 is underway! It is a great time to begin new routines and projects with your children. A fun way to begin is to label each day of the week with a particular title. In the coming months, I will be sharing ideas on how to make this happen.💛

Let’s begin with Mannerly Monday.
We, as adults, know it is important to remind our children to use their manners every day. Older children need to see us model good manners and they depend on us to teach them to do the same. Younger children enjoy playing games and having special things happen in their lives. A great way to begin is by introducing Mannerly Monday in your home or classroom. It is a wonderful way to teach some of the most important manners needed for a lifetime and children will consider it a new, fun game.

Teach children to say:
Please; thank you; you’re welcome; yes, Ma’am; no, Ma’am; yes, Sir;  no, Sir; excuse me.

Mannerly Monday would be a good day to teach children about important table manners:
To place their napkin on their lap before they eat, to keep their elbows off the table, to chew food with their mouth closed, and to wait for everyone at the table to have their food before eating.

It is a great way to teach boys the manners they will need to help them become kind gentlemen:
To show them how to hold open doors for ladies (and anyone, really) to teach them when they are riding in an elevator and the door opens … that it is polite to let ladies and their obvious elders leave the elevator first. Model for them how to help a woman with her coat. Can you imagine the expression on the face of an older woman when a seven- or eight-year-old boy asks them if they would like help with their coat?

My dad taught my husband something I found interesting. When a man is walking on a sidewalk or side of a road with a woman, the man should be on the outside of the sidewalk closest to the road. This is a very old tradition that shows that the man is protecting the woman from traffic or other danger. Neither Steve nor I had ever heard of this tradition. I found it very sweet and something to pass on to our youth!
I hope you make Mannerly Monday one of your 2017 resolutions. The possibilities for teaching opportunities are endless! My best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, (and mannerly) New Year!
If I can help you in any way, please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.
Would love to hear about your own Mannerly Monday experiences

Thoughtful Tuesday ideas coming soon💛

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S
Author