Friday, September 21, 2012

Poetry for Kindergarten!

Happy Song for the First day of School
by Patricia Hubbell

It's my 


I wish
This day
Would never
End - 

I've just
Made a

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.


  1. I LOVE hearing how teachers are using this rich resource in the classroom! [And I'm honored to have two poems in it - one in the K section - :0) ] Patricia Hubbell's poem is so full of rhythm and life. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is great, just at the right level for my son. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mandy,
    If you gave up a trip to Jeni's for it, I know it must be worth it. I'm off to purchase my copy.

    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I guess we all just contribute to each other's picture book addiction.

  4. I'll be doing a happy dance in a couple of weeks when I know your Kinders are enjoying MY poem!!!