Moon bear loves the moon…

While our family was driving to dinner the other night, the large Harvest moon caught everyone’s eye – and my husband looked at me and quietly said, “Moonbear lovvvvves the moon….” we both laughed lightly – and shared a warm smile as we instantly reflected back to our Denver, Colorado days of reading toddler books with our boys… because a book that we frequently read was Frank Asch‘s Moonbear….which was about a bear, “who lovvvved the moon.”  🙂

Mike Zacchino : Oregonian via AP file*

The special essence of exploring those early children’s books – that we shared each and every night – still holds a special place for both of us – all these years later!  And I now see that our current learning with the boys will later on be just as engrained in our memories – in different ways of course, because we now have teens, but this makes me even more excited to study British Literature with them this year.    And here is a poem about the moon by Stevenson, a famous British author:

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;

     She shines on thieves on the garden wall,

On streets and fields and harbor quays

     And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse, 

The howling dog by the door of the house,

The bat that lies in bed at noon,

     All love to be out by the light of the moon.

But all of the things that belong to the day

Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way;

And flowers and children close their eyes

Till up in the morning the sun shall arise. 

Anyhow, as we study Brit Lit this year, I know that many of the stories will shape us and enrich our foundations right now, but I also know that many plots, lines, and teaching points will also be with us in decades to come – as a nice family memory – and maybe a line or two (from a story) will come up for them while sitting at a red light – and maybe it will stir up warm memories of now!

So do not forget this in your life too, as you work with your teens – or as you work with those that God has placed in your life, remember that right now – this very hour – you are building the memories of tomorrow.   So enjoy this very moment – and ENJOY each day for what it has. 

Teaching Tips:

~Speaking of the moon – September 22nd (tomorrow) marks the fall equinox (following the September 19th full Harvest Moon). Talk about this – Quick version: Basically, the moon’s orbital path makes a narrow angle with the sky’s horizon during the time of the fall equinox – which means we have moon-rises right around sunset – and it means the moon looks bigger, brighter and closer (because of atmosphere conditions and a so-called moon illusion).

~Check out Deborah Byrd’s article about the Harvest Moon 2013 or this NBC article with strange facts about the Harvest Moon

~ Check out Asch’s Moonbear books, a fav is Moon bear’s Canoemoonbear's canoe

~Check out Sandra Boynton books – we loved the Going to Bed book and Oh My! Dinosaurs.

~Lastly, remind your students (and yourself) to ENJOY THE NOW, because life is precious!  Also because we are building the memories of tomorrow – and later – many of these “times” will hold a special place in our heart.  Teaching our kids to see this can at least get them thinking about valuing and cherishing the now.

~Check out  Amy Tan‘s works for moving stories about childhood, family heritage, cultural appreciation, and adult appreciation of childhood.

 *photo credit: Mike Zacchino / Oregonian via AP file