It's National Poetry Month, and many of my poet friends are pulling out all the stops to celebrate. I volunteered to add a line in the Progressive Poem, and offered to give a poetry program for school-aged children at my library. Today I report on that adventure.
The librarian told me they weren't getting many school-aged children. Sad news. I called the day before the program. No one was signed up. I decided to show up anyway. When I arrived she said that two children were signed up, ages 7 and 4.
My plan was to engage in conversation about poetry, elicit some poems they might know and build on that. So... we started... yes, they knew several simple poems. I read some more and shared a poem or two of mine.
The four-year-old stayed with us for a while, then went to the lego table. His sister and I talked and read, enjoying especially some poems for two-voices. She is an excellent reader already at 7. At some point I shared a photo from Margaret Simon's blog and elicited her reactions to it:
Then I read my poem:
© Karen Eastlund
I had promised to send each child home with a poem in their pocket.
My young friend, Fatima, chose the paper with the butterfly and bow, and we used my poem as a starting place to write her original poem: