Category Archives: Poetry

Music Resources that Encourage French Language Learning

“Music is the universal language of [hu]mankind.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow It has been one of my deepest regrets in life that I was not brought up bilingual.  Given that I have both British and French-Canadian roots, it would have … Continue reading

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A Bouquet of Beautiful Books about the Garden

“Songs of soft petals, and songs of leaves, we dance all the blooms in our breeze bouquet.” ~ George Shannon, Dancing the Breeze With the climbing temperatures and the children’s growing interest in flowers, leaves and living things, I felt … Continue reading

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The Magical Power of Poetry in Kindergarten

“I have always liked the magic of poetry but now I’m just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they’ve used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally … Continue reading

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A Valentines Day STEM Challenge

  “I’m like the kid in kindergarten; I really do send Valentines to everyone.” ~ Susie Bright Children at my school participate in a lot of STEM challenges.  For those unfamiliar with this concept, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Kindergarten

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb The Lunar New Year, a celebration which takes place between January 21st and February 20th , is a special time that the children I have taught truly … Continue reading

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Inviting Children into the World of Poetry

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~ Octavio Paz Teaching has inspired me to explore the treasure trove of poems available for sharing with young … Continue reading

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Upbeat Books about Drums

 “Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.” ~ Mickey Hart Drums have had an important role in my life.  My older brother started taking lessons when he … Continue reading

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Spring Song: A Young Child’s Poem

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout Spring truly is a beautiful season, inviting everyone to see the world with fresh eyes, and to embrace the possibility … Continue reading

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I Am… I Can… A Poem for Black History Month

“Yes we can.” ~ Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States Over the past several weeks I have explored various ways to introduce poetry into the kindergarten curriculum. I have selected rhyming books and poems that encourage children to … Continue reading

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Five Little Pumpkins

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” ~Robert Brault I realize that Five Little Pumpkins has become such a classic rhyme to share with children as October 31st … Continue reading

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