Not Just for Kids


by Carolyn Reiner
of Southgate Elementary, Glen Burnie

Having recently endured a spelling bee for grown-ups - Calvert County Literacy Council's Literacy Bee - we know how poet Carolyn Reiner feels.


I wish I could spell Misisippi.

I wish I could spell it now.

Because if I spelled Misssasipy,

All my friends would say, "Wow!"


I wish I could spell oposome.

I wish I could spell it right.

Because if I spelled oposssum,

My teacher would say "Out of Sight!"


I wish I could spell zukeeny.

I wish I could spell it fast.

I know I could learn to spell hard words,

If I only listened in class!

Carolyn's poem "Spelling" earned the third grader a first-place award for Anne Arundel County Public Schools' 1999 Young Authors' Contest. From time to time, we'll be sharing with you winning poems and short stories by other young authors.

Can you spell the words this young author misspelled? You guessed it. Mississippi, opossum, zucchini.

Word Puzzler

by Donna Ayres, Guest Word Player

Do you know what homonyms are? They're words that sound exactly alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Can you come up with the homonyms in the following sentences?

While camping, the family saw a big black b _ _ _.

Poor Mother Hubbard, her cupboard was b _ _ _.


When Jenny stepped on its t _ _ _, the cat screeched.

"Hansel and Gretel" is Peter's favorite fairy t _ _ _.


After the clouds went away, the sky was a clear b _ _ _.

Homer b _ _ _ so much air into the balloon that it exploded.

Answers: bear, bare, tail, tale, blue, blew

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Drawing Contest! Send us your dolphin drawings!

You can be eligible to win free tickets, compliments of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, to see its new dolphin show called Coastal Connections: Dolphins at Our Shores! Read our weekly fact about your coastal neighbors, the dolphins, and draw a dolphin at work or play. Fill out the form below, attach it to your drawing and mail it to NBT Dolphins, P.O. Box 358, Deale MD 20751. We will choose the winner on May 27.

Did You Know that if you see a wild dolphin, you cannot come within 100 yards of it? According to law, only people with research permits can come closer.




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Kids' Calendar

Horned Owls and Raccoons and Bats, Oh My! Thurs. May 20 (8:15-9:15pm)-Kids ages 8+ search out night creatures on a night hike. Patuxent Research Refuge N. Tract, Rt. 198 btwn. BW Pkwy. & Rt. 32. Free; rsvp: 410/674-3304.

Jug Bay's Kids' Day Sat. May 22 (11-3)-Explore Jug Bay on Children's Day: crafts, games, canoe trips (older kids w/adults), hay rides, visits w/animals and more. Buy food, drinks and T-shirts. Benefits Friends of Jug Bay. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian: 410/741-9330.

Experience Nature Tues. May 25 (10:30am or 1pm)-Kids ages 3-5 learn about nature w/a seasonal craft, nature story and a walk thru Tawes Garden. Tawes Bldg., Annapolis. Free; rsvp: 410/260-8189.

Discuss a Book Tues. May 25 (7pm)-Kids in grades 4-6 gather round to talk about the book George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Borders, Bowie: 301/352-5560.

Preschoolers Storytime May 25 & 27 (10:30am)- Preschoolers listen to silly animal stories read by Carol Spaulding on Tuesday and hear Terry Bennett's stories about splashing around on Thursday (bring your rubber ducky). Borders, Bowie: 301/352-5560.

Loco for Legos Wed. May 26 (reg. hours)- Lego mania runs wild at Be Beep's Lego Expo. Guess how many blocks are in a 6' tall Lego dragon to win a prize. Bring your Lego creation May 26-28 for display for a prize. Be Beep, 558-A Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park: 410/544-1844 · 2327-C Forest Dr., Annapolis: 410/224-4066.

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Volume VII Number 20
May 20-26, 1999
New Bay Times

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