Reading and Literature

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The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should be as happy as kings.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Today we celebrated Children’s Poetry Day at our house. We had lots of poetry breaks throughout the day. What is a poetry break? It’s an idea I gleaned from a book by the same title. The idea is that you randomly call out “poetry break!” and take the opportunity to introduce your children/students to some great poetry. Here are some of our favorite poetry books.

Piping Down the Valleys Wild by Nancy Larrick

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March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
We’ll be celebrating in a Suessical way.

Visiting Seussville.com might be fun.
And of course there will be green eggs and ham for everyone.

And who doesn’t love the cat in the hat?
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

We might make a pink clover or maybe a fish,
Or pink ink for a yink served up on a dish.

To celebrate Seuss Day, we could bake a cake
There are so many projects for us to make!

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When Michael was my one and only, things were so much easier. He was always a child who loved when we read to him, and I think we began simple read-alouds like Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books when he was only three.

Now, three more children later, read-aloud is still a treasured tradition in our family. Every day after lunch and a downstairs tidy, we settle in the living room and listen to a story. Sometimes Daddy has an additional read-aloud going at bedtime as well, usually in the summer when he doesn’t have a meeting every night.