School is not only about test scores. Enrichment is an import part of the learning experience.
Recently, my wife and I visited our grandchildren in the west. As part of that visit, we attended a Poetry Café presented by our grandson’s third-grade class of 24 boys and girls. Over 50 people attended, including parents, friends, and other relatives.
Their teacher got the idea when he I attended a workshop about teaching poetry in the primary grades, taught by a first grade teacher. She described the poetry celebration that was the culmination of her unit. He knew that he had to try it because he believed that it’s very important for students to have a real audience to write for, and the Poetry Café certainly provided that!
These are the kinds of poems they were taught. Tercet, Couple, Qatrain, Sinquain, Roundel, Pantoum, and Haiku.
Most of the students read their poems themselves. Some were shy and had others read for them. They stood at the front of the room while their poems (as written by them) were displayed on smart board for the audience to see. At the end of the session, several parents had the opportunity to read writings of their favorite poets.
A great time was had by all.