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Day 54 - Mud (creative ideas for home schooling)

For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!



Did you know that today is International Mud Day? The creators of International Mud Day wanted to find a way to help all of the children of the Earth feel closer to each other…and what a better way to do it than through the Earth itself? 

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  • List poem

  • Performance poetry

  • Syllables

  • Adjectives

Whilst we have now explored a wide variety of poetry and short-burst writing skills, one of the things that I keep reflecting on is how the boys sometimes lack a depth of vocabulary to describe. To acquire a new word, a child needs to use that word around 8 - 10 times in context before it enters the longterm memory. This is a considerable investment.

We began by brainstorming as many words as we could about mud. Whilst this was fairly extensive, the boys did run dry, at which point I introduced them to to generate a whole new world of possibility. I love this website as it is so visual and simple to use, giving the boys simple definitions for the adjectives generated.

Here is the brainstorm:

I then showed them how to link words through categories, such as onomatopoeic words, soft words, hard words, positive words, negative words.

We then discussed the pattern for our poem. I wanted the boys to tune into the way the syllables create a strong rhythm in the poem and therefore showed them a strong repeating pattern:

_________ mud

_________ mud

_________, _________, _________ mud.

Here are our poems:



Squelchy mud,

clingy mud,

gloopy, slimy, sticky mud.

Squashy mud,

slippery mud,

runny, mushy, greasy mud.

Hard mud,

rough mud,

useless, trodden, grey mud.

Bumpy mud,

bubbly mud,

soapy, sloppy, swampy mud.

Rancid mud,

shallow mud,

evil horrible, terrible mud.

Ceremonial mud,

Glastonbury mud,

thick, gooey, fun mud.

Shiny mud,

wonderful mud,

welly-wearing, splashy mud.

Soft mud,

warm mud,

lovely, gummy, muddy mud.

© Jamie Thomas 2020


Mud by Joshua

Sloppy mud

thick mud

watery, tall, short mud

deep mud

wet mud

fat, flat, fictitious mud,

waxy mud,

miserable mud,

gooey, gluey, greasy mud

dusty mud,

sticky mud,

smelly, liquid, mushy mud.


Mud by Archie

soapy mud

yucky mud

clingy, filthy, tall mud

soggy mud

deep mud

dirty, mushy, horrible mud

squelchy mud

squashy mud

gloopy, sloppy, sticky mud

bumpy mud

lumpy mud

disgusting, terrible, smelly mud

waxy mud

fat mud

chalky, runny, milky mud

heavy mud

small mud

cold, gluey, warm mud


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Do tune in tomorrow, where we exploring:

The Garden

My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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