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

Literacy + Life – Scribble Me This

Welcome to the third issue of Literacy + Life, our blog series that shares family literacy activities as a way to promote literacy. So often when we hear the word “literacy” we think of the ability to read. Reading is part of the literacy galaxy – but a galaxy has many important parts. It may help to look at literacy as a way of communicating. Through reading we promote literacy in “listening” mode; When we write we promote literacy in “transmit” mode. The cool thing about writing is that it takes many forms. Drawing counts, which means anyone, at any age, can practice their writing. One of the overlooked benefits is that when kids use a marker or crayon or … Read more