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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bringing poems to life.

My kids really enjoy rhyming.

I thought it would be a great idea to start reading poems
From my favorite books from when I was a girl.
They are a compilation of poems by Shel Silverstien.

The books were given to me by my Uncle when I was young.
He wrote special poems to me in the beginning pages of them.

The funny thing is that as a girl, I daydreamed about being a teacher
And reading these poems to my students.
Then as I got into my teenage years, I dreamed about reading them to my kids.

I would read the books over and over.
Waiting for the day to see what my children thought of them.
Now I can,
And its a real kick in the pants.

On the days we read it, Our afternoon is transformed.
Everything we say
Has on a rhyme to it.
This one is called
"The Tree house"
They have most of it memorized.

The idea of the poem is that the author doesn't want to live in a
Normal, neat and tidy home, but would rather a tree.

This ballad SCREAMS Silas.

After all, his name means "Wooded man, or Man of the Woods"

We made a poster containing real leaves and flowers,

And a real rope for the swing,

Then, little by little, Silas practiced writing the poem

And glueing it on the poster

I felt a huge triumph to walk away, knowing my kids really do enjoy

The poems as much as I do

A tree house, a free house
A secret you and me house

A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.

A street house, a neat house,

Be sure and wipe our feet house

Is not my kind of house at all,

Lets go live in a tree house.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Holly, that is so awesome...I might copy your poster! We love poetry, such a fun way to spend the day. And Zolas??? Is it in Brookings? If so canwe all go together when we visit this winter (most likely in January).