What’s in a Name? a Name Poem for National Poetry Month

 As I mentioned the other day, I am going to celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing some of the poems that I wrote as a teenager. Today I’m going to share my Name Poem (also known as an Acrostic Poem). A Name Poem is a great “first poem” because it has a framework that the writer can work with. As you can see from the image of my poem, it is a vertical poem where each letter of my name is the first letter of a word that opens a sentence. To most of my relatives I’m special. Everything takes time, I’m told. Reading is one of my hobbies. Relaxing is something I do as Year after year goes by. … Read more

Celebrating National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month! Welcome April and a celebration of all things poetic! This is one of my favorite literary months, because poetry is a writing form that can be such fun and ignite a love of reading. Yes, I know there are plenty of “stuffy” poems out there, but in the world of children’s poetry, the writing is a rainbow. The imagery is lyrical, fantastic, and at times poignant, too.  But all of it is accessible to kids “where they are” and a great hook for reading, writing, and creative expression. This year I’m going to do something a little bit different for National Poetry Month. I’m going to share some of my own poetry – written, I am certain, … Read more

Literacy + Life – Music Playlist

Welcome to the second edition of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. Want an easy way to bring literacy to the dinner table? Turn on a little music. There are so many wonderful ways that music can contribute to literacy growth. Lyrics help by adding to vocabulary, enjoying rhyme, or giving listeners a glimpse into a word’s many meanings. Melody can evoke a mood or spur imagination. The myriad of genres introduce different sounds and sound combinations, instrumental and/or vocal. Enjoy your meal together with some dinner music. The sky’s the limit. Maybe you want to share some of your favorite songs; introduce new kinds of music; or bring … Read more