Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m so pleased to be hosting Poetry Friday today, and thank you for dropping in!
First, I’m going to continue my month-long series of Poetry Tips for Teachers.
Tip #8: Connect With the Poem
Help kids connect before reading the poem. Let’s take this poem from Lee Bennett Hopkins’ charming new board book poetry anthology, Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby. I am so excited to have a poem in this book that might be the cutest poetry book I’ve ever seen, with so many poets I like and respect! It’s a great choice for introducing babies and toddlers to poetry. I know I’ll be giving it as a baby shower gift often.? OK, sorry–I digress.
Anyway, before I read “Spaghetti” to kids, I’m going to ask them a few questions to help them to connect with this poem. “Do you like spaghetti? What color shirt do you think I should wear when I eat spaghetti? Do you have a little brother or sister who eats spaghetti? What happens then?” And, if I should happen to have it with me, I will show them this picture of my daughter Annabelle eating spaghetti when she was a toddler–teehee!? By talking to kids about your own life and their lives–around a poem–you help them connect to poems.
As an added bonus, you can hear poet Irene Latham beautifully read several poems, including “Spaghetti,” from this adorable book here.
And now it’s time for the Roundup! Don’t forget to leave your link in Mister Linky below! And click through to find everyone else’s links to go check out.