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Poems coming home from school are a great resource for families. Learn the poem together and play around with altering it. Feed in facts - "I have a little reptile..", and your child's own knowledge - "I have a great big dog..."

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Poetry & Structure: Falling in Love… and Holding it Together — A Guest Blog Post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Me: As long as I live I shall always be me Myself and no other, Just me. Like a tree. Willow, elder, Aspen, thorn, Or cypress forlorn. Like a flower, For it's hour Primrose or pink, Or a violet Sunned by the sun, And with dewdrops wet. Always just me. ~Walter de la Mare

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BOOK REVIEW: A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play

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Rhyming has long been used as a tool to teach and delight children. In fact, the Center For Early Literacy Learning found that in 12 studies of 5,299 preschoolers, "young children’s ability to recite familiar nursery rhymes was both directly and indirectly related to later literacy and language abilities." How do you use rhymes in your classroom?

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