Through the Eyes of a Poet

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April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is one of my favorite forms of writing to share with children because it allows them to relax into their words and offers many opportunities for finding one’s unique voice and personal writing style.

We are just wrapping up a session of Writer’s Club in the shop and for the last six weeks we have been exploring poetry together. One of the first experiences we shared was to learn to see the world through the eyes of a poet.

We observed four everyday items through different lenses. First we put on our scientist’s glasses and took notes on the the basic facts and functions of each item. Next we put on our poet’s glasses and looked and listened for the story behind the objects. We explored what brings these ordinary objects to life and gives them meaning to us. It really got our writing juices flowing and helped us to gain an appreciation for the extraordinary elements that patiently wait to be brought out of the ordinary things we encounter everyday.

More Poetry Inspiration…
Listening Booth by – Listen poems read by the authors
Printable Bookmark Poems
Maya Angelou Shares Her Inspirations
Put a Poem in Your Pocket
Fun with Shel Silverstein
Start a Family Writing Club
Poet Notes (printable)

“As I take the wet shell out of the sea it glistens in my pocket.” ~Ella (Age 6)



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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