Back in September, when I spoke with a local principal about teaching poetry to the students, we agreed to try it for a month and then decide whether to continue. Then at the end of that month, we agreed to go to the winter holidays and then decide whether to keep going. So this week one of the teachers asked her 3rd graders to write what they liked about Poetry Days–Do you like it?–If so, why? How long should we keep doing Poetry Days?
These are some of my favorite lines from their letters asking to please continue with Poetry Days. Forever, they said. Forever.
My heart is full.
What I like about Poetry Days is—
I can think of a place I want to be.
Writing about wishes & secrets.
It can be funny, silly, fun, fanassy, cerious.
I can stop thinking about school.
We talk about sounds a lot & I like sounds.
When she makes us think silly.
It’s much better than TV.
When we make it up or the truth.
Making a chatbook.
Writing about the ocean, beach & camping.
She says to make believe, make it up!
Luke is pretty funny & rilly rilly cool.
I can expreece my feelings.
I can think of peace full places.
I can be silly & it won’t matter.
I can see one of the sweetest dogs in the world.
Writing about what happens in my dreams, even bad dreams.
When we got to imagine being in a forest.
It is very fun when she reads poetry to us from other kids.
Getting to take out your amoshens.
I can lie and no one gets mad, because it’s funny & everyone laughs together.
I like seeing the dog & petting Luke, & I like righting!!!
When she & Luke comes and does poetry with us it’s like living at home.
When you get to umagun, because you can do anything when you umagun it.
She tells us to think about the woods at night with no one there & what do you smell
& taste & hear!
I get to see Luke.
I write what I feel.
I get to rime words.
Poetry makes me happy so much.