What more lovely subject is there, than friendship, to begin poetry? I will admit, begrudgingly, that I really messed up the delivery on this activity. What should have been a very easy short thing, turned into 4 days of torture. So I will list for you what I should have done, and then just to show that I am a good sport. . .I’ll tell you what I actually did.
what you need: a pen ~ paper
For this activity, simplicity is the key. Start off by talking to your kids about what it means to be a friend. How do you know when someone is your friend? How do your friends know that you are their friend? Talk about the people they consider friends, as well as the people you consider friends. While you’re talking jot down words as they are saying them. Once you have a good list, mention that what you’ve done is called BRAINSTORMING. Now that they have specific words together that describe friendship, would they like to write a poem? We wrote an acrostic poem, one that uses the first letter of each line to spell a special word. This is a great time to work on letter sounds! If your little one is having trouble thinking of a word, revisit your brainstorming list.
I thought the poems turned out so cute. I’m planning to attach a copy to the friendship bread we will be delivering at the end of the week, don’t worry I’ll be posting that as well.
Okay, so now for my confession. What I actually did. . .was get really excited about the activity and start it without any preparation or real thought to delivery. What I actually did. . .was follow my poor little ones around, bombarding them with friend questions until they were telling me to leave them alone. That’s right, I broke one of my major mommy rules. .. LET IT GO IF THEY ARE NOT INTO IT!!! I finally got the hint and put away the pen and paper (I’m sure M and M breathed a sigh of relief), then 2 or 3 days later I came back at them. This time following my own advice. It went much more smoothly and was well worth the wait.
Leave a comment of the poems you write with your little ones!