Chasing Cheerios

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our Poetry Basket

We recently started a poetry basket, and both girls LOVE it!  When I read about poetry baskets on My Montessori Journey, I knew it was something I wanted to try because it's something I could do with both girls.  I had no idea they would love it as much as they did!



I chose the poem A Chubby Little Snowman for our first poem (found at Can Teach).  I printed the poem and put a dot under each word.  I gathered a snowman, a bunch of carrots, and a rabbit for our basket.  I glued a plastic eyeball to a craft stick, but it fell off the first time we used it (the girls didn't seem to care, but I'll probably glue it back).  I read the poem to the girls while touching each dot under the words and while acting out the poem with the props.  I then read it a second time while they acted it out with the props. 

O was very interested in the poem itself, while E loved acting it out.  I loved watching E make the bunny eat the snowman's nose, and she then pretended like the bunny was eating her nose.  E also liked holding the craft stick and pointing at the words while saying her version of the poem...love it!   I was amazed when O recited the poem after I'd read it to them twice...she was REALLY paying attention.  I expected her to learn it after about a week and had no idea that she'd memorize it immediately.  She has proudly recited the poem each day for her grandparents and daddy.  I guess that shouldn't surprise me since the child has an amazing memory, and I  knew that memorizing a poem would appeal to her since Laura and Mary (from the Little House on the Prairie books) have to recite poems and lessons.  A couple of days after starting this activity, we were reading an American Girl book, and Kirsten had to memorize a poem to recite to her class...that made this activity even more thrilling for O. 

I encourage everyone to do this simple activity with your children.  After seeing how much E has enjoyed this activity at only 16 months old, I wish I'd started doing something like this with O years ago.  I plan to have a new poem and poetry basket for the girls each month, and I'll probably keep a binder of the poems, so we can look back and read and recite them over and over again.



O asked me to make sure her "beautiful ring" was in the picture!

11 comments:

  1. How cute! I've never thought about doing something like this, thanks for the inspiration! I bet a lot of finger play songs would work well for this idea.

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  2. Great idea and an awesome way to connect it to another book. Love it!

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  3. love this poem. my daughter's class sang it in the preschool christmas show (replacing bunny with reindeer).

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  4. Too cute! I think I'll take your advice. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I'm so glad you are doing this with your little O and E. I should do this at home with my boys.

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  6. I have to do this with my boys. I will be a great English lesson for them:)
    Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Great idea. Thank you! I will do this with my girls and I'm sure they will love it:)

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  8. That is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Hi Melissa!

    We currently featured an article at our blog about bridging the gap between reading and writing >> Kindergarten Lesson Plans. One step teachers can employ in the classroom is to reinforce the concept that "you can hear the individual words in a sentence". We loved how you set up this poem in your poetry basket {denoting each word with a dot that allows students to follow along & visually see the distinction between each word} and wondered if you would mind us using your image to exemplify the method. {Proper photo credit will be given!} We'd love for you to take a look at the post and, if there are any problems, we'll be sure to take the photo down immediately!

    Thanks so much,
    Kayla Johnson

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