What fun to see students so excited about poetry! To watch them proudly pull out and unfold their handwritten index cards. To hear them bravely recite their favorite poems.
I was able to narrow my own favorite poems down to eleven—quite an achievement, I think! I brought five copies of each to hand out in case anyone forgot theirs. I’m glad to say that I came home with only three poems and that many of the ones I handed out went to parents. I hope they’ll keep sharing.
On to May! For this Teaching Authors series, we’re writing about animals. Bobbi began with some favorite animal books.
For all of April (National Poetry Month), I wrote a haiku a day. (You can see the April archive on my blog.) I looked back through the poems and found that 13 of the 30 addressed animals, mostly birds. Here in Wisconsin, we see a lot of birds migrating through to summer homes at this time of year, so that seems logical. One thing I loved about the daily haiku practice is that this year, I noticed.
Here’s one more haiku from this morning. I can’t seem to stop!
Squirrel winds her way
from limb to limb, encumbered
mouth full of dry leaves
A Year of Reading, at least for now. Enjoy!
JoAnn Early Macken