Category Archives: Poetry

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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Puppets and the Education of Young Children

“When she puts a puppet on her hand, she lights up, she’s very happy.  When she performs, she just gives it her all.” ~ Heather Allen Years ago I made a collection of puppets as part of an assignment for … Continue reading

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Speaking of Sunflowers: Planting the Seeds of Language Development

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller Recently I received a message with a request for some ideas on how to support children’s language development, using flowers as … Continue reading

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A Spring Poem for Children

“Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems. ” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke I plant a little seed in the dark, dark ground, Out comes the yellow sun, big and round. Down comes the cool rain … Continue reading

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