Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said

Now that summer is here, (it's already well into 100 degrees where I live and it's not even June) I'm so excited to bring back my seasonal series but this time, there's a little twist. Some ideas and activities will be inexpensive and easy to try but others maybe a bit more challenging. So I hope you'll participate. I spent the last year relaxing and enjoying that fact that I am no longer in school. But, I have to say I actually miss having homework, I'm weird, I know. Join me and maybe challenge yourself as I plan to find a little bit of balance this year.  

This first week is all about exercising my brain; when was the last time you memorized something?! In the third grade, every couple weeks we had to memorize and recite a passage from the bible. My third grade teacher was known to be strict (she was really awesome at the same time), homework included reading assignments in which we had read the same story three times, until we learned how to pronounce every word and learn proper annunciation. When was the last time you had something memorized that was longer than a paragraph. Pick a favorite poem from childhood or one you read recently and loved, even if it's long spend however long you need to memorize the whole thing. I at least narrowed my picks between Wynken, Blynken and Nod and The Walrus and The Carpenter.   Can you guess what famous children's book the following passage comes from? 
 
Summer Challenge #1 Memorize a Poem

The time has come,' the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
      And whether pigs have wings.'

But wait a bit,' the Oysters cried,
      Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
      And all of us are fat!'
No hurry!' said the Carpenter.
      They thanked him much for that.

A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,
      Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
      Are very good indeed —
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
      We can begin to feed.'

But not on us!' the Oysters cried,
      Turning a little blue.
After such kindness, that would be
      A dismal thing to do!'
The night is fine,' the Walrus said.
      Do you admire the view?