By Douglas Florian
Dig the soil.
Pick the weeds.
Poke some holes.
Plant some seeds.
Water seeds to help them grow.
Day by day, so very slow.
Plants need lots of light and room.
Watch them bloom
In kindergarten we have a new poem to play with and learn each week. We start the week with the students echoing me as I read each line to them. As the week progresses the students are able to recognize the rhythm or the tune we sing it to, and read the words on their own. Poetry provides many opportunities for children to use language playfully and to appreciate its rhythms and patterns. Poems for children often include humor or appealing words that are fun to say. Some have rhythmic lines that children can't resist repeating. Some engage students with their predictability of rhyme. A lot of times, poems for kids are short and they can read them, remember lines, and recite them again and again. Poetry is fun!!
April is National Poetry Month. This month long celebration was introduced and organized by the Academy of American Poets to encourage awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
-Mrs. Hatfield, Kindergarten Teacher