I thought I’d start out today with a little beauty and nourishment for the soul - in other words, poetry.
"When the Frost is on the Punkin"
By James Whitcomb Riley. 1853–1916
We used this one as our poetry reading earlier this month. I love the sounds in this one, and the dialect Riley uses. The imagery perfectly fits Illinois in October. It’s a great selection for kids to read out loud. Another thing we do with very visual poems like this one is to illustrate it. The kids love producing their own pictures, and it helps cement in their minds what the poem was about.
Also, it brings to mind the pleasures of watching nature drift into autumn. The changing leaves are beautiful this time of year. Have you been out to enjoy them yet?
(This selection can be found at Bartleby.com)