July 28th, 2016
"A Rose" by Emily Dickinson is a pretty little poem that evokes summertime. You can listen to it below and read along with the text… MP3 of A Rose A Rose A sepal, petal, and a thorn Upon a common summer’s morn, A flash of dew, a bee or two, A breeze A caper […]
January 16th, 2016
What are the "Four Gentlemen"? From old China, "The Four Gentlemen" is a term used to refer to four specific subjects (orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum) which are traditionally some of the first subjects the student of Chinese ink brush painting learns. Each subject focuses on a different brush technique and lays down the brushstroke […]
August 5th, 2015
The poem July Midnight was written by Amy Lowell. It makes one feel immersed in the magical world of fireflies. You can read it below and listen along with the recording… MP3 Recording of July Midnight July Midnight Fireflies flicker in the tops of trees, Flicker in the lower branches, Skim along the ground. Over […]
July 30th, 2015
Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms. We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" . It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […]
July 9th, 2015
Wondering what to do with all that summer zucchini? Try Zucchini Fritters! Both my husband and daughter loved them! The beauty of this recipe is that all you need is zucchini, cheddar cheese and some basic ingredients you probably have already. It’s quick to make too. You can grate the zucchini in a food processor […]
July 7th, 2014
It’s always fun to celebrate the season with a poem. Here’s a nice one about summer by Robert Louis Stevenson with a recording… MP3 Recording of Summer Sun Summer Sun By Robert Louis Stevenson Great is the sun, and wide he goes Through empty heaven with repose; And in the blue and glowing days More […]
March 2nd, 2010
Yesterday, I was talking with a lady, whose parents are from Italy, about how happy I am that it’s finally March. She said, “Why?” I said because February is finally over. She said, “Marzo è pazzo”. It’s an Italian saying meaning “March is crazy”… you can never depend on March weather. This same saying can […]
May 20th, 2009
Rebeca Garcia Mendoza wrote Hi! I’m a Spanish girl who is preparing resources to teach English to Spanish children. I’m looking for rhymes about seasons and I have a problem. I cannot find a short one of Spring. If anybody knows one, please, tell me! Thanks. If anyone can help out Rebeca, please let us […]
August 20th, 2008
People often write me looking for songs about the four seasons, from around the world. Here are some! The links below take you to the different pages on Mama Lisa’s World of International Childrens Songs. There, you’ll find the lyrics in the original languages, with English translations. Songs about Winter Yuki (Snow) – Japanese A, […]
July 21st, 2007
Devon over at Head, Shoulder, Knees and All That wrote a blog post today about how he sometimes brings rock collections to his school to share with his class. Kids love them and it gives a whole topic for conversation. Being a rock lover myself, I think this is a great idea. For parents, the […]
March 21st, 2007
Now that Spring is here – we can all smile – and start bad-mouthing Winter! Here’s a poem about banishing Winter, called Winter, You’re Just a Brute! Well, that’s my translation of it. It’s originally French. The title in French is Hiver, vous n’êtes qu’un vilain ! It was written by Charles d’Orléans (1394-1465). Below […]
October 29th, 2006
Kimberly sent me this recipe below. It sounds great for Halloween or an outdoors spring or summer party. Worms in Dirt Recipe Make a package of chocolate pudding and put store bought candied worms in it. Let it set. Then sprinkle crushed chocolate Oreo crumbs on top. Kids will love worms in dirt. Even though […]
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