Poetry for kids

February 15, 2012

Juliet brought this home from school yesterday. Robert Frost has always been one of my favorite poets, so I was thrilled that she got a little early exposure to his work (who knew they read Frost in preschool?) 

And while I think this poem is a bit dark for the preschool crowd, I'm sure her teacher didn't go there with the kids. From what I got from Juliet, it was about a man in the woods, but it wasn't his woods. And there was snow. Then, they made a pine cone bird feeder. Which is always a fun time. 
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers
It did remind me that there is a picture book adaptation of this poem that I've seen in bookstores (I don't own it, but would love to.) And as I type this, I'm thinking this is probably what Juliet's teacher shared with the kids. She always reads a book and does a craft with it, so I'm guessing this was it. (My detective skills are amazing, aren't they?) 

Anyways, I'm going to see if our library has a copy of this book. Hopefully, yours does too. But if it doesn't, you can always print out the poem and let your child glue snowflakes around it as you read it. Either way, it's an easy way to get some beautiful language into their heads. 

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