After countless reminders, I eventually decided that we needed a sign up in our class that said “No I CAN’Ts Allowed!” But then I thought A sign is SO boring. I’ll write a poem instead! So I wrote a poem on chart paper in multi-colored magic marker, and I’d read it aloud whenever the dreaded “I can’t” showed up in our class. It was silly and fun, but very effective. Here is the poem:
No I CAN’Ts Allowed!I CAN’Ts are not allowed to step a foot inside this room, For if we let them come inside, they’ll fill our class with gloom, ’Cause all I WILLs, I CANs, and I’LL TRYs will march right out the door.
So all I CAN’Ts will be tossed out—of that you can be sure!
Among its many gifts, poetry has the ability to encourage. I found this to be the case with this little poem, simple and silly though it is. As we celebrate National Poetry Month, take the time to read an encouraging poem—or better yet, write your own!
Also, I wanted to share two fun poetry books that I have recently added to my collection. The first is POCKET POEMS, a book of fun kids’ poems selected by poet Bobbi Katz and illustrated by Marilyn Hafner. (I'm giving copies to my boys’ teachers as a “Happy National Poetry Month” surprise!)
The second is a book of poems called POEM IN YOUR POCKET FOR YOUNG POETS, from the American Academy of Poets. This collection of 100 children’s poems has perforated pages for kids to tear out and share—perfect for Poem in Your Pocket Day, which is on April 18th this year!
And finally, here are some more fun ways to celebrate
National Poetry Month:
Write a poem about your pet, and then read it to him (or her).Read a book written in verse—two great choices are LOVE THAT DOG and HATE THAT CAT, both by Sharon Creech. (If you have never read a book in verse, these are wonderful introductions to the format!)
Write a poem in memory of a loved one, and take time to honor that person privately.Spend time browsing through a poetry anthology. This is a great way to read a variety of different poems!
Buy a set of refrigerator magnets (or make your own) and post a poem proudly in your kitchen.
Write a “love poem” for your significant other, and hide it where he (or she) will find it.Get into the spirit of Poem in Your Pocket day on April 18th by carrying a poem in your pocket and sharing it with family and friends!