One Year Adventure Novel

One Year Adventure Novel , otherwise know as OYAN, is a writing program to help kids write. The goal of OYAN is to write a novel with twelve chapters. OYAN is for kids in high school, but the creators,who are Mr. and Mrs.S, are coming out with a curriculum this summer for the kids in middle school.

OYAN has a forum where the kids can get to know each other and find friends. The forum lets the students connect with the teachers Mr. and Mrs.S. Through the OYAN forum, the kids can upload parts of their book to get critiques from other students.

The people on the forum can actually meet each other in person, because every year there is an OYAN workshop. At this workshop, the kids get to hear real writers and publishers talk and give them advice. Also the writers sell their books and sign them for you to read. Many of the kids who have been on the forum get better at writing every day.

To all the wanna-be writers out there, One Year Adventure Novel is what you need.

Tahosa Treasure

Recently I read a book called Tahosa Treasure by Hannah Mckay and Jeff Roth. This book is one that I loved so much I read it in one day. Most pre-teens would love this book because it has everything they ask for plus some. From the beginning to the end it has action and adventure. This book is so realistic that I almost thought it was true. Everything that happened in Tahosa Treasure could happen today. It might have already happened, but I doubt it.

In Tahosa Treasure I think that the writers intended for the reader to feel like he or she is part of the story and is riding along with the three main characters. The youngest of the trio loves to dive in to things, but the middle child likes to be very cautious. The oldest is a mixture of the youngest and the middle child. The trio has a black dog with a very, very sensitive nose.

Well, I am not going to tell you the whole story in this one post so if you want to know, start reading!

Honey Soy Carrots

Today I want to show you a Chinese side dish that is very simple and easy to make. After I noticed I needed a side dish for the egg drop soup, my Mom looked up a side dish and found this recipe. I thought it would be a good side dish for the soup.
This dish was so easy to make. When I tasted it, it tasted like very sweet and salty carrots.
Try it, I think you’ll like it.

Ingredients

1 can (14.5 oz) sliced carrots
3 T soy sauce
3 T honey

Prep

Open can with can opener, and empty carrots into a pot.
Measure out soy sauce and honey into a small mixing bowl, then stir to combine.

Cook

Heat carrots over medium to medium-high heat until cooked through.

Serve

Drain the water from the carrots, and place them in a separate serving bowl. Pour the soy sauce mixture onto carrots, and stir until carrots are coated.

Serve immediately.

Egg Drop Soup (Dan Hua Tang)

Today, I want to show you a Chinese dish that is very simple and tasty. You won’t need chopsticks for this meal, but spoons are just fine.
I was surprised when we added the egg to the broth, that the eggs turned into strings.
When I tasted it, it tasted awesome. My favorite part of the soup was the texture of the eggs in the soup. I thought the soup tasted a lot like chicken noodle soup without the chicken.

 

Ingredients

2 room temperature eggs, beaten
4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 green onions, chopped (greens only)

Prep

Set the eggs out for a few minutes until they come up to room temperature.
Then, crack the eggs into a bowl, and beat well.
Measure your chicken broth into your soup pot.
Chop the green onions and set aside.
Measure out soy sauce, salt, and sugar, then set aside.

Cook

Bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low.
Slowly and carefully pour the eggs into the broth using a very thin stream. Slowly stir broth while adding eggs.
Simmer over low for about one minute, then remove from heat and cover for about 45 seconds.

Serve

Stir in soy sauce, salt, and sugar.
Ladle into bowls and top with green onions if desired.

I’m Sponsoring a Child!

I have been sponsoring a child in Africa and I just want to tell you what pushed me to do this.

It all started out when I went to check the mail while I was leaving my house. With the mail was an advertisement for WorldVision. Inside it were three facts. One was that some children go without food for a whole week. So I asked my mom right then if I could sponsor a child there. And she said it would be fine because it would help the children in Africa. When we arrived at our destination,an orthodontist, we started looking for a child to sponsor.

When my name was called I told my mom I wanted to sponsor a girl that is the same age as me. Well, during my appointment my mom came back to where I was. She said that she had found a child I might like to sponsor. When I looked at when she was born, I noticed she was born on the same day as me! Even the same year! I said to my mom that she was the definitely the child I wanted to sponsor. So now I am sponsoring her. Her name is Joanitha Byamungu.

So that is how I got to sponsor Joanitha. I got a letter from her and she is very nice.

Here is a picture of her:

 

My New Ukulele

Last Wednesday I got a new ukulele. The strings are nylon. The wood is smooth and also comfy. The neck is perfectly shaped. The frets are arranged perfectly. The tuning pegs are metal. Yesterday I showed it to everybody and they loved it!

With my ukulele I got a method book. The songs I can play are “Are You Sleeping”, “Mary had a Little Lamb”, “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”, “Ode to Joy”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and “Oh Susanna”. Also my ukulele came with a bag and I love it!

Favorite Book: Misty of Chincoteague

My favorite book by Marguerite Henry is Misty of Chincoteague. In the book there are four main people: Maureen, Paul, Grandpa, and Grandma.

Maureen is a very careful girl. She took care of Misty and her mother, Phantom. Misty lived with Maureen her whole life. Maureen loved little Misty.

Paul was Misty’s guard. If anything happened to her or Phantom, he would help them. Paul loved Misty with all his heart, so he fought for her; and Misty would fight for Paul.

Grandma and Grandpa were loving and commanding. But they still loved little Misty of Chincoteague.

My Christmas Break

During my Christmas Break my uncle Clif, my aunt Dana, and my grandmother came down for Christmas. My uncle Clif and I played games together all day. The game I liked the most was called Subways. My grandmother played games with me too, but not as much as Clif. Before my grandmother came down my cousins came down to visit, we did a dog pile which was fun.

I got a lot of good presents this year. My grandmother, surprisingly, got me only one toy (that was a good thing). It was a Barbie with a couch, a computer, a cell phone, a drink, and of course, a pet bear. Grandmother mostly got me clothes and jewelry. My favorite piece of jewelry was a black necklace with blue beads. I liked all the clothes I got. The stuff I got from my mom that I loved was drumsticks and a ukulele.

The most important thing about Christmas is Jesus. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus.

The Giving Fig Tree

Fig tree, Fig tree, Give me figs that are Ripe Ripe Ripe.

Fig tree, Fig tree, Give me a house that is Big Big Big.

The fig tree gave him figs.

The fig tree gave him a house.

Fig tree, Fig tree, Give me a Koala that is Cute Cute Cute.

Fig tree, Fig tree, Give me flowers that are Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful.

The fig tree gave him a Koala.

The fig tree gave him flowers.

Where do we get our words from?

I bet some of you have been wondering where we get most of our words from. Well, most of them come from Latin words like obesus, which is where we get obese. If you want to know where we get our words, learn Latin. If you’re a beginner in Latin you need to do Minimus: Starting out in Latin. It helps a lot.

In my next post I’m going to be talking about Minimus Latin course. Here is a picture of the first book:

When you start it, you will find words that sound like our words.