12 ideas for reviewing vocabulary

This is such a brilliant idea!

ELT Planning

vocab review1I’ve kept a list of all the vocabulary that has come up in class during the last few weeks of summer school. It’s a fair bit – about 200 words.

Here are some ideas for reviewing vocabulary in groups. For these tasks I didn’t use all 200 words, but about 60 or so. To prepare, give students the word list and get them to cut all the words up so each one is on a different slip of paper. Get them to mix all the words up and put them face up on the desk.

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PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is OPEN!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

***Registration officially closed on November 7th. You can still join in the challenge by reading the daily posts and keeping track of your ideas, but you will not be eligible for prizes.***

Cue the fireworks! PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS!



But lemme whet your appetite first. Here is the schedule of 2013 guest bloggers!



Pretty stellar, right? These authors, illustrators and picture book professionals will provide daily doses of inspiration to help you along on your idea journey.

And don’t forget—there’s Pre-PiBo beginning tomorrow, to get you organized and ready. And then in early December, there’s Post-PiBo to help your organize and prioritize your ideas.

Participants who register for PiBoIdMo and complete the 30-idea challenge will be eligible for prizes, including signed picture books, original art, critiques and feedback from one of nine picture book agents. This year’s agents are:

Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary…

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Being Me!

Tonight I will be attending my first ever SCBWI event. I am experiencing a whole range of emotions right now, and although feeling a little nervous I’m actually very excited. Spending most of my writing life on the bed or sofa, pen in one hand and giving Nutmeg nose rubs with the other, is great, but it can get ‘lonely’. Of course as a member of The Funeverse and Picture Book Quest I am in contact on a regular basis with some pretty phenomenal writers and illustrators.

While Email, Twitter and Facebook all have their uses and are great ways for me to keep up with my writing buddies, meeting them face to face will be very special. I am delighted that SCWBI is giving me that opportunity tonight (not to mention the added bonus of sampling wild mushroom risotto balls and mini cheeseburgers – hearty thanks to ALCS for being one of the sponsors for the evening).

One of the best pieces of advice sent via the many helpful and informative emails about the event was to ‘relax, and be the best version of yourself‘ on the night. Well, considering that:

  • I accidentally washed my hair with shower gel (note to self: must wear glasses…)
  • A giant spot erupted on my nose last night (not to self: glasses make spot look bigger…)
  • I dropped a mug of scalding hot tea on my foot (note to self: Judge Judy is not worth rushing out of the kitchen for…)
  • All my tights have runs in them (note to self: buy more tights…)

I am absolutely, definitely being me!

Being Me

Being Me

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There is a Little Froggy

Little Froggy

There is a little froggy

There is a little froggy
living in my pond,
and of this little froggy
I’m really rather fond.

Small and green with big eyes
that look up at me,
to disturb him would be unwise
so I’ll just let him be.

At night I hear him singing
playful froggy tunes.
Dancing, webbed feet springing,
under the bright full moon.

I’m glad he’s found a safe place,
a warm, soggy home.
I hope he stays forever,
as I’ve named him Sir Jerome.

(and I would really miss him!)

©2013 Meagan Munroe

Every Summer for the past 3 years I have entered the Kent Wildlife Gardening Award Scheme. Although small, my garden is a haven for all kinds of wildlife including, butterflies, bees, ladybirds, woodlice, worms, snails, birds (both big and small), foxes and of course my new froggy friend.

One of the best things about entering the competition is that The Kent Wildlife Trust sends out experienced and knowledgeable volunteers to assess your garden. My very first year in the competition I told the volunteer of my dream to eventually have a garden big enough for a pond, so I could create a habitat for frogs, newts and dragonflies. “Why wait!”, she said. She told me all I needed to do was fill the base of a medium / large garden pot with water and put it in a quiet place out of direct sunlight. Sure enough it worked! Why not give it a try and welcome a foggy into your garden. Oh, and if you live in Kent don’t forget to enter the competition.

Good luck!


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C is for Cookie

C is for Cookie

C is for Cookie is one of my favourite Sesame Street songs. I sing it all the time. In fact I was humming it the other day while making some super delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies. As I licked my mixing spoon clean (don’t tell my mum!) I got to thinking about the alphabet – as one does – and what foody terms each letter could stand for.

A is for Avocado

B is for Bun

C is for Cookie

D is for Done (not too well-done please, I like my steak rare)

E is for Eggy

F is for Flan

G is for Grilled

H is for Ham

I is for Icing

J is for Jus

K is for Kumquat

L is for Loo (if you eat too many kumquats you’ll need one of those)

M is for Mincemeat

N is for Naan

O is for Olive Oil

P is for Pan

Q is for Quince

R is for Rice

S is for Spaghetti

T is for Twice (I could eat spaghetti twice a day!)

U is for Udon

V is for Veg

W is for Wonton

X is for ‘wedge’ (actually X is for Xanthan gum which can be added to gluten-free cakes and breads to make them more ‘wedge-y’)

Y is for Yam

Z is for when it comes to rhyming I’ve done ‘Zee’ best that I can

Here is the recipe for The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies courtesy of Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom. I highly recommend making these and singing Cookie Monster’s favourite song while you do. Enjoy!


1/2 Cup butter, softened
3/4 Cup peanut butter, creamy
3/4 Cup brown sugar
3/4 Cup white sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 Cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Cup chocolate chips


Cream together butter and peanut butter.
Add in sugars.
Mix in egg, milk and vanilla
Next add in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Form dough into balls.
Roll in sugar or add 1 Cup chocolate chips
Place on cookie sheet and use hand to slightly flatten the balls of dough
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until barely brown. Do not over bake. They should look like they need to bake for another minute or two.

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I Warned You!

Veggies Are Evil!

I Warned You!

I warned you Mum.
I told you Dad.
I wish you had listened,
you really should have.

Nothing good comes
from eating greens.
Look at my tummy,
you’ll see what I mean.

Puffed and bloated
up to the max.
Veggies are evil
and that’s a fact!

There’ll be no sleep
for me tonight.
And as for the smell,
it serves you right!

©2013 Meagan Munroe


This poem was inspired by a fabulous illustration courtesy of Mike Brownlow who is guest illustrator this month on The funEverse. I have used my own illustration here (like you couldn’t tell!) but Mike’s gorgeous illustration and a different poem from me will be featured very soon on The funEverse’s Funny Poems Page. I’d love for you to take a peek!

Please note: Any resemblance this evil head of broccoli may have to a certain grouch that lives in a trash can is purely coincidental.


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There is an awful ruckus
coming from the bush.
Listen very closely now.
Wait! There it is,

I wonder what it could be?
Thoughts come thick and fast.
Worries and nightmare visions,
my sanity won’t last.

I’m feeling really scared now,
let’s just chuck it in.
What is that awful ruckus?
Oh, it’s just a wee robin!

©2013 Meagan Munroe

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The snails are eating up my plants
but I don’t really mind.
It’s important to be thoughtful.
It’s lovely to be kind.

Who needs tomatoes anyway,
carrots, beans or peas?
I’d rather have a cup of tea
with chocolate mousse and cheese!

©2013  Meagan Munroe

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Oh…Christmas Tree!

Oh... Christmas Tree

The sadness…..

While out for an early morning walk today I saw this poor, sad Christmas tree. Stripped of all festive cheer it had been callously dumped next to some bins. It reminded me of one of my favourite Shel Silverstein poems.

No one’s hangin’ stockin’s up,
No one’s bakin’ pie,
No one’s lookin’ up to see
A new star in the sky.
No one’s talkin’ brotherhood,
No one’s givin’ gifts,
And no one loves a Christmas tree
On March the twenty-fifth.

(Poem ‘MERRY…’ from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein ©)

Last night I saw a brilliant news piece about how Christmas trees were being recycled to help prevent the erosion of sand dunes at Camber Sands in East Sussex. They can also be used to help wildlife, especially birds.

What better way to say ‘thank you’ to the tree that was an important and much loved part of your home over the festive season, then by returning it to the ‘wild’ where it can be of service to nature.

So as much as I hate to disagree with Shel, there is a lot of love to be shared with Christmas trees long after the holidays have passed.

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