Poetry Friday: Homeschoolers & Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation
August 28, 2008
Happy Poetry Friday, everyone. I hope you'll scoot over to the Poetry Foundation's online edition and read "Home Appreciation," an article I wrote about the joyful approach several homeschooling families take to poetry. You'll get a armload of recommendations for books to seek out, too. As a public-school mom, I've learned a lot from the homeschooling bunch. And even more verse talk can be found on Friday morning at Charlotte's Library; Charlotte is rounding up all the kid-lit blog posts on poetry.
And, again, that link is 1-800 "Home Appreciation," by Susan Thomsen, at the Poetry Foundation.
What a great article. I'm glad that as librarians and homeschoolers and public schoolers and writers, we can all learn from each other.
Posted by: Sherry Early | August 28, 2008 at 09:32 PM
Posted by: Susan T. | August 28, 2008 at 09:45 PM
Great article, Susan. Congrats and thanks for the great ideas from others quoted in the article. We do, indeed, all learn from each other.
Posted by: Karen Edmisten | August 29, 2008 at 01:12 AM
Thank you, Karen. And thank you for chatting about poetry with me for the article!
Posted by: Susan T. | August 29, 2008 at 08:36 AM
Terrific article, Susan, and how wonderful to have such a great resource just as the school year is starting for so many of us!
As Karen says, we do all learn from each other, and I still marvel after several years of Poetry Fridays about all the friendships I've made, resources I've discovered, and opportunities my kids and I have had to enlarge our world through poetry.
Thanks again, Susan, for including us. Great fun!
Posted by: Becky | August 29, 2008 at 10:30 AM
Aren't ALL parents home schoolers, whether their kids attend public school or not?
Posted by: Mary Lee | August 30, 2008 at 07:59 AM
Becky, thanks! Some of the roots of this article were in the great discussions of the Cybils poetry group a couple of years ago. And in all the Poetry Friday discussions.
I'm a wishful thinker, too, Mary Lee, but I'm always surprised when I meet a parent who doesn't use the library because she is "not really a big reader." I was just re-reading Mem Fox's book about reading aloud, and she was asking, who doesn't have time for ten minutes (of read aloud time) a day?
Anyway, I'm hoping that the article will be helpful for all parents! The conversations here in the kidlitosphere--between teachers, homeschoolers, librarians, children's book fans--have been SO useful to me personally.
Posted by: Susan T. | August 30, 2008 at 10:10 AM
Posted by: Ruth | September 01, 2008 at 02:22 AM
Thanks, Ruth! I actually found one of the books mentioned in the article--the Random House anthology--at a library sale recently. $3! I was thrilled. I'd read through it before, but didn't own a copy.
Posted by: Susan T. | September 01, 2008 at 10:05 PM