Monday, August 9, 2010

Kaelyn and Joya Come to Tea

The year that Kaelyn was six and Joya was four, most visits to my house required a tea party. One day, we decided to write poetry after we had finished our tea party. (apple juice and cinnamon Mini-Wheat cereal that particular day...served, of course on china with cloth napkins. It's all about being fancy, don't you know?)

Kaelyn EmmaLaughing
She’s the dancing princess of drama.
Princess Wildflower in her own fairyland.
Kaelyn Emma

Joya CorrineCreative
She’s the princess of imagination.
Spectacular Miss Fancy in her own parade.
Joya Corrine

Teaching children to enjoy reading and writing poetry rounds out their imagination and triggers a delight in vocabulary and expression. The writing of poetry can progress in very simple ways. I asked them to write a poem describing themselves first in 4 different words then in two different sentences. The beginning and ending is, of course, their names. We discussed word pictures and experimented with the sounds of many words and discussed a variety of examples, but the poetry is their own and it's quite wonderful and fits them well. It's a format that even 3 and 4 year olds can do with a little bit of help. Give it a try! It will add some razzle dazzle to your family night this week whether you are 8 or 18 or 80!

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