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Volume 4 Number 1

Corks are popping! January is awards month in the world of children's literature. Esme Codell writes about contenders for the Caldecott award for best illustration in American children's literature, the Newbery for best writing, the Coretta Scott King award, and others...
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured Schools
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
January Poems
A Small Collection of Poems for the New Year
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • Classroom Chuckles
  • Goose At the Senior Center by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Teddy Bear vs. Real Bear from the Lesson Bank
    Cinnamon Bear
    Categories Bag Take Home Activity
    Here's a Little Groundhog
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Happy Ending Ahead
    "Art" & "Craft" How they are alike and how they differ by MaryAnn Kohl
    We get the best kids these parents have... from the Second Grade Mailring
    January Columns
    January Articles
    January Informational Items
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    Recipe for a Happy New Year
    Author Unknown

    Take twelve whole months.
    Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
    hate, and jealousy.
    Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

    Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
    thirty-one different parts,
    but don't make up the whole batch at once.
    Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

    Mix well into each day one part of faith,
    one part of patience, one part of courage,
    and one part of work.
    Add to each day one part of hope,
    faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
    Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
    and one good deed.
    Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
    a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
    and a cup full of good humor.

    Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
    Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
    garnish with a smile,
    and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
    and cheerfulness.
    You're bound to have a happy new year.

    The Twelve Months
    by George Ellis

    SNOWY, Flowy, Blowy,
    Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
    Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
    Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.

    The Month Poem
    There are many versions of this poem.
    The author of this version is unknown.

    Thirty days hath September,
    April, June, and November;
    February has twenty-eight alone,
    All the rest have thirty-one,
    Excepting Leap-Year, that's the time
    When February's days are twenty-nine.

    The following may be the original version.

    Thirty days hath November,
    April, June, and September,
    February hath xxviii alone,
    And all the rest have xxxi.
    - Richard Grafton, the Chronicles of England (1590)

    The New Year
    Author Unknown

    The New Year lies before you
    Like a spotless tract of snow
    Be careful how you tread on it
    For every mark will show.