Create it and they will come… It’s almost like magic! If you would like to see your children writing for pleasure in their free time, then create an inviting space with engaging materials. Here are our tried and true favorites for creating a captivating writing center. What I love about these items is that they […]

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The Dada art movement existed at the beginning of the 20th century and looked to explore meaning in art.  They were interested in abstract and surreal ideas and challenged the conventional notions of what art means.  So how does this translate to children?   Well, who do you know who likes to challenge ideas?  Who […]

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Once our children and students start to take an interest in writing poetry, we can introduce them to some of the different types of poetry. After exploring the format and syllabic structure of Haiku poem, students may take interest in writing an ancient Korean type of poem called the Sijo poem. Sijo poems also rely […]

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When I first started teaching I was terrified of the month of April.  April means poetry in many schools. My exposure to poetry was not too much broader than Shel Silverstein in elementary school and Shakespearean sonnets in high school.  However, I did want to inspire my students to love poetry and knew that I needed to […]

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I’ve always felt that poetry is communal.  First of all, it’s accessible to everyone regardless of age, poetic experience, or writing ability.  My six year old can write as profound a poem as anyone.  Secondly, poetry is a genre meant to be shared and enjoyed with others. Poetry creates a sense of community and has […]

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