Welcome to the first week of The Great Poetry Link-Up.
Together with my friend Brooke, over at Violicious, I am celebrating National Poetry Month with a new theme each week and an invitation to all of you to play along on Thursdays, linking-up in the comments. The theme this week was animals. I can’t wait to see what Brooke and her crew came up with alongside their new chicks!
Here’s how it went down at my house.
Before I could even finish telling my guys about Poetry month, the oldest declared, “No. I am not writing poetry.”
*Pause* for those of you who know him to laugh.
I quickly realized this would have to be a covert operation. I have become accustomed to coming at this kid sideways, when I think he’d really like something he’s resisting to try, so I assured him, “ Oh no honey, we’re just going to read a little.”
Pushing aside the print out of ‘Welcome to Spring’ by Irene Thompson, I went straight for Shel Silverstein. After reading a poem about a garden of noses where, “…each one’s a good nose to pick”, I had him. For the next half an hour I had three boys hovering over me and upside-down beside me, learning that poetry isn’t the medicine of literature.
We made our way from Silverstein to A.A.Milne, we read from Lady bug magazine and finally that hiding sheet-which turned out to be the one poem they took to memorizing-the first bit anyway, which turned into a sibling competition. Of course.
‘I have heard a mother bird
Singing in the rain-
Telling all her little ones
Spring has come again!’
Next day, we were working with word families, and big kid astutely asked if we were going to write a poem.
“Well,” I said, feigning surprise, “You could! Look, one of your ‘ice’ words is mice…and there were a lot of animals the poems we read…”
He really didn’t need any coaxing. So without further ado, I give you the poetic stylings of an almost 8 year old:
The mice ate lice
And thought it was nice
They flipped a coin thrice
To see who gets all the lice
With a side of rice
This mama is proud.
Next Thursday, we explore all things green. I hope to keep the nose poem out of it!
Don’t forget to leave a link to your blog, or post right in the comments, sharing your own poetry adventures from the week.