100 Scope Notes might be the inventor of this form of poetry but I’m not sure. He has a gallery of Spine Poetry and invites everyone to join in. It’s a fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.
I find poetry to be intimidating. It reminds me of standardized tests, as in the case of my 5th grader, PickyKidPix, as well! The structure and forms of poetry leave me struggling to find the rhythm and rhyming of some poems. Even the punctuation confuses me. Do I pause of there is a line break but no punctuation??!
Composing Spine Poetry for National Poetry Month
So let us embrace poetry together. I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours. I invite you to compose your own spine poem and let’s share! Together, we can conquer poetry together in baby steps.
No need to stress out. Just slap some picture book or chapter book titles together and snap a photo on your smart phone. Please send it to scopenotes (at) gmail (dot) com and he’ll post it.
See? It’s easy! And let’s get our kids to do one too! After I post mine, I’m going to chase my kids down after school.
This poem is for my little boy who still thinks potty humor is hilarious.
Ode to a Potty Training Little Boy
p.s. Here are more great Spine poems!
From Sandra Wilson:
The kids in Margaret Ryan’s Class 5
The kids in Margaret Ryan’s Class 5A
Do you remember when Susan Boyle was discovered on Britain’s Got Talent? Well, prepare to be amazed. My husband sent me this video with another revelation.
The friendship of Charlotte and Jonathan is a good reminder not to judge a book by its cover. I hope you enjoy their performance. Do you think Jonathan Antoine is next Pavarotti?
Britain’s Got Talent Unearths The Next Pavarotti
And here he is in high school, waiting to be discovered. Voice of an angel.
Four 40-something moms and I started boxing at the beginning of the year. It was a New Year’s Resolution of sorts that quickly snowballed. My mom friend Penny wanted to learn to box after watching her older brother transform into a Cardassian-like humanoid with bulging Trapezius muscles from boxing in the Bronx.
My mom friend Stella wanted to return to pre-baby weight now that her 3 kids are in school. We needed our mom friend Katherine — she’s a nurse and game for any kind of exercise. Lydia missed karate. And I wanted to work on my self-defense.
What to do? Why start our own mom boxing class!
Middle Aged Boxing Moms How To’s
There are many kinds of boxing classes: aerobic boxing classes where you air punch found typically at health clubs, cardio boxing or kickboxing at a karate studio with a heavy bag per person, and actual boxing instruction.
Penny wanted to learn to box. Really box so I had to track down a boxing club with a good instructor. With the help of my Golden Gloves Dad friend Mike, we got all set up:
- Boxing Gloves (Do NOT borrow from the Boxing Club. Eh, those are stinky!!)
- Hand Wraps (Ditto for hand wraps. Plus, the wraps help protect your wrists and they are fun to put on .)
- Boxing Teacher (Our guy Marc is training a female National boxing aspirant and several Golden Glove contenders.)
My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, came home furious a few weeks ago. She said that she was the only person in her grade that got poetry for her MCAS standardized open response standardized test. Worse, I had kept her home sick during the one day they practiced poetry open response essays at school.
Novels In Verse for Kids Make Poetry into a Story
I’m sure it went fine, but she will be forever scarred associating poetry as something designed to confound her for a multiple choice Common Core Standardized test. I had felt the same way about poetry too until just a few years ago.
Sharon Creech‘s Hate That Cat novel in verse had completely blown my mind. I had no idea that 1) novels in verse existed, 2) that novels in verse could tell a story and 3) that I would actually enjoy it.
Brain Research on Learning, Exercise, and Video Games!
Please welcome my guest author, Sarah Clachar, who has some alarming news about children’s brain development and video gaming. On the positive side, exercise and learning are also related. After reading her article, I started carting around my son’s 500+ page Percy Jackson book and little baggies full of legos in my purse for him to use instead of his iPod Touch while we wait at restaurants.
What do you do to keep your kids off screens and active? PLEASE share! We could all use more ideas, especially me! Thank you!
What Goes Best With A Good Book?
What’s the best thing you could have with a good book?
A banana muffin? Nope.
A cup of tea? Nope.
A nice comfy chair? A roaring fireplace? A quiet evening? All good things . . .
But Nope. Nope. And nope.