Friday, March 27, 2009

Poetry Friday: Unschooling Poetry with Ramona

The other day at the library, Ramona (age 6) plopped down in front of the computer. She loves to search for books via the online catalog.

She typed:

Emily Dickinson

Then she looked at me.

I nodded (affirming her spelling) and she clicked. We decided we'd go grab a biography of the Belle of Amherst.

Then she typed:

Robert Frost

I said, "You've been paying attention!"

"To what?" she asked slyly. "You mean to the poets we read?"

"To everything, apparently," I replied.

She moved on, and typed in: O g d e n N a s h ....


I don't "teach" poetry to my kids very often. What I do most often is read it to them. I share favorites. I invite them into the words I love. I email links to my older girls, gems they'll discover in their Inboxes at their leisure -- like this fun link to a magnetic poetry site, shared in last week's Poetry Friday post at A Wrung Sponge.

Oh, yes, as Anne moves into high school we'll step it up, dig further in, round out her poetry education. We'll discuss more about form, structure, rhyme schemes and poets' dreams.

But even then we won't be "done." One's education in language is a lifelong endeavor.

Here's my own quick grab-bag-poem from the magnetic poetry site:

observe ink
movement rhythm metaphor
chisel symbol
imagine capture

Julie Larios is hosting the Poetry Friday round up at The Drift Record.


Anonymous said...

So cool! I wish that when I was six I had a teacher who shared her interests so freely.

I stumbled upon poetry in middle school, almost in spite of my teachers.

Thanks for this great post!

Lisa Chellman said...

Your story makes me happy. At the library I love to meet young children who have clearly absorbed the finer aspects of our culture through, I assume, their parents... 'cause I highly doubt they're getting it in school! I know a couple of five year old boys who can't get enough of the Renaissance painters. Brava for unschooling and making learning a joyful, free experience!

jama said...

I loved reading about Ramona typing in those poets' names :)!