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Poetry Tea

Our wonderful Children's Library at Scoville Memorial Library recently asked me what kind of programs the library could be putting on for the home schoolers.  One of the things that was suggested was to do a poetry tea.  Our home school co-op used to put on a poetry tea once a year.  The kids (and sometimes the grown-ups) would each memorize something to recite.  It could be a poem, a short story, scripture or a favorite passage from a book.  But most recited poetry.  We always would start with the youngest and work up to the oldest.  Great fun.

So this week, in honor of Poetry Month, our library hosted a poetry tea.  The girls were very excited to dress up.  Jor Man wasn't, so he didn't.  There were six children there, and all but the youngest shared something.  There were cookies, hot cocoa, and tea.  It was such a lovely day, that we decided to do the recitations outdoors.  Sher Bear recited her favorite bit from Winnie The Pooh:

"Isn't if funny
How a bear likes honey?
Buzz, buzz, buzz!
I wonder why he does?"

Campster shared her memorization of John 3:16.  And Jor Man delighted us with Shel Silverstein's "For Sale", a poem about a boy who wants to sell his sister.  It was heartfelt.

Another little girl sang "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". And yet another recited "Jack Sprat".   Miss Erin read some of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere".  And I even jumped in there and did my old stand-by, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll.

It's a great opportunity for everyone to share a favorite, and to practice speaking in front of others.

Wish you were here!

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