Poetry Friday: Summer Poetry Swap and Time for the CYBILS

IMG_1077Poetry Friday is hosted by none other than Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children.

Hi there,
I am so happy to be returning from my blogcation!  We are moved (My office isn’t unpacked yet) and are settling into our new digs.

One of the best parts about the summer has been participating in the annual Summer Poetry Swap organized by the talented Tabatha Yeatts.  It’s like getting little gems in the mailbox all summer long.

A few weeks ago, I received this from Keri Collins Lewis, a concrete poem about my teaching students poetry:


I wanted to know the back story or her process for writing the poem.  I love learning about the process.  In her email Keri explained the following: “When we cleaned out my father-in-law’s storage unit we found quite a rock collection, including a very large crystal. Thinking of that led to thinking of other types of rock, such as obsidian. That brought the lava & volcano to mind. ” And she sent me this draft:

 will be sharing the poetry received this summer in the school library.


Once again its CYBILS time. This is a milestone year!  The CYBILS Awards turn TEN!!.  This is difficult to believe.

That means we’re looking for panelists and judges.  To find out the information and apply, go to the CYBILS website.  I am always looking for people to serve on the poetry committee.  So especially if you participate in Poetry Friday, please consider applying. OR even if you don’t but you love poetry, please consider applying.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

In a Perfect World: Blog Break

In a perfect world, I would be able to move for one place to another without a blog vacation. It’s not a perfect world, the selling and purchasing of a home is complicated.  I need to be able to focus on that.  I am not guaranteed Internet over the next weeks.

So I am taken a blog vacation until sometime in August when I am once again settled in a new place.

Poetry Friday: Two Poems for Jone

IMG_1077Mary Lee at A Year of Reading is hosting Poetry Friday today. And that’s even while she’s away at a conference

If you have read any of my recent posts, you know this has been a stressful spring.  So on Tuesday, I received this in the mail.  It was exactly what I needed:  the first of several summer poems for the summer poetry swap.  Thank you Irene.

Irene Poem

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.

Celebrate: Five Star Things About this Week

IMG_0626Thanks to Ruth Ayres for hosting this weekly time of celebrations.


I am actually celebrating that I am writing this post.  This spring has been an upheaval in a good way.  We put our house on the market and it sold.  We are downsizing and hopefully moving into a new condo at the end of the month.  The whole house loan process is stressful.



I am celebrating Sophie (on the right) who will turn 19 tomorrow.  She is in her final days so we are just loving on her a lot.


The principal of our school is leaving. She’s been at the helm for ten years. That’s about one third of my teaching career.  I have appreciated her leadership and my ability to grow because of her.


The weather has bee incredible.  So have the allergies.  But it’s fabulous for going to fame’s markets.



My Poetry Rocks group and their performance of “Jabberwocky”.

You can here them HERE.

Have a fabulous week.

Poetry Friday Late Edition: “Jabberwocky” Performed by Poetry Rocks


Thank you Jama for hosting Poetry Friday.

Thursday was our school’s annual talent show.  It’s been so fun as both students and teachers get involved.   It was the perfect opportunity to have my Poetry Rocks group perform “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll.  While it was fun to perform at Barns and Noble in April, I missed having the students perform for their peers.

Next time, I will use my mini-Ipad instead of my phone.

Poetry Friday: Fruit Snacks-Snack

IMG_1077Welcome to Poetry Friday. It’s being held at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme. Thank you, Matt.

Today I offer up a poem from a first grader. Alyssa was one of my Poetry Rocks’ students.  Today her dad and she came after school to hand me the following poem.  Her dad said she wrote it after jumping on the trampoline last night.  Them he thanked me for planting seeds that were growing. Made my week.

alyssa's Franklin

I think I need to read her class Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood.