Tag Archives: Holidays

Listening comprehension-The island of misfit toys (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one that has been played on national TV since my mother was a child. It is on every single year.

In this clip, we hear the story of the Island of Misfit toys. It’s 3:19. Watch the clip then answer the questions below.

Welcome to your Island of Misfit Toys

What happened to the boat?
What does 'misfit' mean?
What is the name of the Jack in the box?
Where are they?

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It’s HALLOWEEN!!! Time to celebrate!

Everyone dresses up! Even the cats! hahaha

Then you go out into the neighborhood saying TRICK OR TREAT!!!!

trick or treat

Then you come home and compare candy with your siblings, make some trades and EAT!


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Word of the day:Jack-O-Lantern, the most important symbol of Halloween!

A tradition in my family (most American families with children) is to get the kids together, put down a ton of newspaper, markers or pencils, knives (used with adult supervision of course!) and PUMPKINS! We use our imaginations and transform our pumpkins into a jack-o-lanterns!

Here’s the process for those who are curious! (It’s messy!!)

First you have to pick out your pumpkin! (This is my niece and nephew from a loooonnngg time ago in Kansas City where we are from!)

getting pumpkins from the farm

Then, you need the supplies:

supplies needed A pumpkin, large knife and a small knife, a spoon to scoop out the insides. A permanent marker to draw the face and if you want, a candle and a lighter. If not, you’ll use a battery operated “candle”.

Then, you cut the top off of the pumpkin:

cutting top off pumpkin

Then, (this is the messy part!) you take out all of the pulp and seeds! You need to make sure to get all of it. It helps to dry out the inside a bit and you pumpkin will last a little longer.

Now, your pumpkin is all clean and ready to be transformed into a Jack-o-Lantern!!

empty pumpkin

Now, you choose what type of face you want your Jack-o-Lantern to have. A scary one? A silly one? I always make a cat!

Then, you cut out your face!

Then you put either a candle inside or a battery operated candle. You can put it anywhere outside but normally people put it by the door or on the stairs leading to the door.


What do you think of the holiday? Would you like to celebrate it? Tomorrow, I will have a special Halloween post to show you how we celebrate it!



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Word of the day: MONSTER WEEK! The Grim Reaper

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AHHHHHHH so many memories!!! Listen to this song called the “Monster Mash”. It is and was very popular in the US. In my opinion, it’s THE Halloween song. They played it at school every Halloween party. Although now, I think they have a “fall party” instead of celebrating Halloween.

So, who is the Grim Reaper? Well, in short, he represents death. He is not a ghost, god or demon. He’s a “psychopomp”, whose primary function is to bring souls to the afterlife. He is tall and pale and resembles a skeleton. He wears a long black hooded cloak. He holds a scythe which he uses to get souls. He glides instead of walks. He doesn’t talk much but always has a smile on his face.

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If you’d like to read more about the myth of the Grim Reaper click here.

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Word of the day: MONSTER WEEK!The Boogeyman!

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So, the boogeyman (hear the pronunciation) haunts children their entire childhood.  He’s in the closet or under the bed. I can still hear my parent’s say (this means, I remember), “you better get into bed or the boogeyman will get you!”  Hell, I still sometimes get nervous when my arm or leg is hanging over the side of the bed.Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 7.04.47 AMScreen Shot 2017-09-13 at 7.04.47 AMScreen Shot 2017-09-13 at 7.04.47 AM

I don’t think anyone knows what he looks like except for that he is dark and hides in the shadows and is really, really scary!!!!

Here’s one artist’s rendition:


So tonight, when you go to bed…make sure the boogeyman isn’t watching you!

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Word of the day: Witches!!

Halloween would not be Halloween without witches! They are a very popular decoration, especially for houses with children because you can make a witch very scary or appropriate for children. Would you decorate your house with any witches?

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Word of the day: Ghosts!

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A “ghost” is a human that has died and their soul is trapped on earth. Whether or not you believe in them, they are big part of our Halloween celebrations.





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