We’ve now made it to week four… Yay!
Last week the kids were out of school and we had more time to spend on this project than we normally do. And you know what? It turns out they actually LIKE the poems more when they get to draw pictures and get creative in their poetry journals. And perhaps the whining had more to do with the attitude I had when I first approached this endeavor that went something like…
You Will Love Poetry. And Remember These Poems FOREVER!
In the hopes that at my funeral many, many years from now they would gush and say:
Mom taught us The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Paradise Lost when I was five and it changed. my. life.
So I’m pulling back all of my lofty expectations and simply applauding when they learn what a wheel-barrow is and color it red. I’m going to call it #winning and be happy with that.
Anyway, this week we are focusing on one of my all time favorite poets. According to a very reliable online quiz if I were a poet I would be her (don’t judge, you’ve taken these quizzes too).
The enigmatic Emily Dickinson is up this week and the poem is one taught in high schools all across America. This would also be a good opportunity, if you’re so inclined, to talk about similes and metaphors. Sounds fun, right?