Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Frogs and Turtles and Snakes, O My!


Hey Homeschoolers,

Have you seen the daily exercise pages on The Old Schoolhouse website? There are printable pages for almost every subject and grade level - grammar, spelling, math, science, geography, etc. 

I developed a unit study series about POND LIFE. You can learn about turtles, salamanders, water lilies, and even bats. Each lesson includes links to more information and photographs. There are also hands-on activities and writing prompts. Help Tom figure out math problems while he explores the pond on his grandfather's farm. 




The next unit study SEASHORE LIFE will be along a Maine rocky beach. Be sure to come take a walk with us, and discover interesting creatures along the way.


 Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog




Thursday, April 3, 2014

Springtime Poetry



I'm participating in RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month). We are learning the basics of poetry and various classic styles. Here are three of my attempts so far, of a Cinquain, a Haiku, and a Limerick  -

Cinquain - (5 lines of 2,4,6,8,2 syllables)

Morning
Damp and misty
Lonesome foghorn bellows
Swishing waves on dewy pebbles
Daybreak

 Haiku - (3 lines of 5,7,5 syllables)

Skies sprinkle the earth
Melting snows and dripping trees,
Earth is filled with life

Limerick - (5 lines of 3,3,2,2,3 feet)

The season of spring is now here;
We shout and we sing and we cheer,
But the oodles of mud
That is left by the flood,
Might keep us all stuck til next year.




Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog

Monday, March 31, 2014

RhyPiBoMo



RhyPi BoMo
(Rhyming Picture Book Month)

Definition of Poetry:
an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke and emotional response.   (http://contemporarylit.about.com/cs/literaryterms/g/poetry.htm )

I'm excited to merge my love of poetry with writing children's books. For the month of April, I will be participating in a challenge of writing children's poetry and learning more about it on Angie Karcher's blog. Be looking for some of my attempts throughout this month.

(It's not as easy as it sounds.)

Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog

Monday, March 24, 2014

Homeschool Convention

"To understand and sense everything is to know."

written by Genevieve Cowan
(age 10)
(with a words found on a magnetic board)




I spent the last few days at the 

What a super time!

I met dozens of new friends - young and old -
 played games at my booth with some intelligent kids,
and sold some books and writing lessons.



I also taught a writing workshop for kids. 
Twenty children attended, including six teens.
We spent a whole hour playing with words and
making up some fun, silly stories.






Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Another Step - Publishing

Polliwog Pages has a new page. 


           The first book to be featured is a missionary story. God Talks in Tének Too is a fascinating story of Fernando Angeles. It shows the power of God to reach a young man in a little village of Mexico and to guide him through many experiences in order to bring God’s Word to his own people.
            As a Tének child, Fernando Angeles only heard about God in Spanish or Latin. After high school, he was given a Spanish New Testament. As he read it, the Holy Spirit convicted him and taught him until Fernando accepted God's free gift of salvation.
            Dissatisfied with the Catholic Church, Fernando sought more teaching about God. A mission pastor befriended him and directed him to a local Bible school. From there, Fernando traveled to a Christian school in Dublin, New Hampshire, where he learned English and more about the Bible.
            While working at summer camp in Mexico, Fernando met Christy. A few years later, they married and began ministering to the indigenous people of Mexico. Fernando realized that without a Tének Bible, the people could not study it for themselves and accepted his explanations of the Bible, just as they trusted the Catholic priests’ teachings.      
           Under the guidance of Bibles International, Fernando and Christy began translating the Bible into Tének. Despite the dangers of militia and the frustrations of an evil culture, they have seen many young people turn to the Lord as they read and understand God speaking to them in Tének.


            God Talks in Tének Too (70 pg) is written simply enough to be read by youngsters, but enjoyable for all ages. It can be purchased from Polliwog Pages Publishing for $5.00 (including taxes and shipping).  If you wish to donate a book to the Angeles’ ministry, the cost would be an extra $3.00.  All proceeds beyond the cost of printing and shipping will be directed to the translation work of the Tének Bible.  
            An illustrated spiral-bound version of God Talks in Tének Too is being developed to be used for Sunday School or Vacation Bible School. It will also include a power point presentation and should be available soon.


Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's Snowing!

I think God created snow for  kids.




Sometimes it means "No School!"

Some kids like to go sledding or exploring.

Some kids make snow angels, snowmen, snowballs, or snow forts.

Some kids earn money shoveling steps. 

What does snow mean to you?



Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog

Friday, November 8, 2013

Picture Books, Picture Books!


I'm in the midst of a new challenge 
and loving it!

Within the 30 days of November,
I am coming up with 30 ideas for children's picture books. 
(I do it anyway. I might as well make them count.)

Here are a few of my ideas -

Sow Bug City
(the world of a rotten log)

Experiment Soup
(kids making supper for their sick mom)

Tap -Tap, Pitter Patter
(noises in the attic)

The Land Under the Sidewalk
(a child finds a secret door in his chalk drawing)





Signed,
Wiggles the Polliwog
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