Happy Song for the First day of School
by Patricia Hubbell
Love, love, love this poem! What a bouncy collection of words for emergent readers to hear and read. This poem can be found in The Poetry Friday Anthology -Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. You can purchase a K-5 edition or a grade level edition as an e-book. My grade level edition was just $3.99. I just had to skip a visit to any of our local ice cream stores and believe me it's worth so much more than that.
The book came to be from the momentum for Poetry Friday here in the blogging world. The introduction in my K book addresses literacy needs for K students. It feels like the authors are speaking right to me as they discuss focusing on enjoying and understanding poetry as a goal. Kindergarten students need to focus on figuring out how words and language interact in their literate minds. The authors also provide tips for reading poetry aloud. I found this to be a helpful refresher and I think essential for a new teacher. You will also find 10 reasons to use poetry. Easily a great resource to help parents understand. After each poem there are 5 suggestions for using this poem in your classroom.
It's sometimes difficult to find a great resource specific to kindergarten and kindergarten alone. This collection is perfect for kindergarten. Poems carefully crafted for emerging readers and learners. I can't wait to share a poem a week with my students. I hope you can skip that special treat during your week and pick up this must have text.
Poetry Friday is hosted by Renee at No Water River, Thanks Renee.