Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization (IEW) {Review}

Curriculum research is something that I have been enthralled in for years now. As AppleBlossom is finishing up her second grade school year we have finally gotten a taste of the treasures from Institute for Excellence in Writing  ~  (http://www.iew.com/) including a program that SisterL personally loves as well, Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization. In the 2016 year, IEW has actually updated the program. So if you have had the original program for years, you’ll want to contact them to discover the updates, additions and changes. For the purposes of this review, we were blessed to receive a poetry memorization set (Teacher’s Manual and CDs) as well as an additional physical student book. Samples are available on the IEW website. In our agreement for the review, we opted to use the material three days a week. By the recommendations of the program, we actually used it more like daily, at least during the. . .

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Johnny Appleseed: a Poem {Review}

We are starting Memoria Press Second Grade Enrichment Guide and the first book selection for our studies is this one, Johnny Appleseed: A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh. The first discovery I was surprised by is that Reeve is actually a female, which I wouldn’t have assumed from the name. After we read through this one, I discovered there is actually an animated story version of it streaming on Discovery Education. As I had one day left before our summer free trial subscription expired we were able to watch it (multiple times actually by request). While it is a poem, it was not overly poetic in my opinion, but told a story well. There was a repeat character of a girl to old woman Hannah Goodwin that John Chapman visited, as she grew so did her apple trees and her gratitude for Johnny Appleseed. The pictures in this book provide for. . .

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Peace on Earth, a Christmas Collection by Mary Engelbreit

A Christmas collection from bestselling and well-known illustrator Mary Engelbreit.

Mary Engelbreit’s Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection rings in the holiday with classic Christmas carols, the story of Jesus’ birth, and beloved poems that celebrate the season with her beloved and engaging illustrations.

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Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares’s lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part IV – Poetry}

CMM JrK Review

Through the recommendations of Memoria Press in their curriculum package it is amazing what is possible to provide in a pre-school or Junior Kindergarten experience and I’d say the bulk of the best of it is within the literature and poetry section. Since there are 33 weeks and 34 literature selections, let me start with telling you about the poetry because of this, there is really only three. Two, however that you use on a regular basis throughout the year of curriculum in the lesson plans. The third doubles one week for both literature and poetry. A key element to the Jr. K curriculum, the music and poetry offers exposure to enduring childhood classics and satisfies the child’s intrinsic interest in story and song. The interesting and rich language of the music and poetry selections (yes, even simple Mother Goose Rhymes) helps the child develop a taste for and comfort. . .

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Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky

The poet, author, and indomitable naturalist Jack Prelutsky, having returned safely from far-flung places with an extensive collection of unique creatures that are a blending of the animate and inanimate, has worked in close collaboration with the fine artist Carin Berger, who herself conducted considerable field operations in preparing Mr. Prelutsky’s specimens for exhibition and publication. While many creatures (two dozen species in all) were discovered and recorded and their precise qualities examined, we are presenting sixteen here for the first time and for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

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Sardines Swim High Across the Sky and other poems by Jack Prelutsky

Sardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Hardcover 11.25 x 9.25 Date Published: February 26th, 2013 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Following the success of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, first Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up once again to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines evokes both natural history museum and Tim Burton fantasy. A unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for Poetry Month promotions, sharing together, and reading again and again. Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of Jack Prelutsky’s and Carin Berger’s latest collaboration. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for. . .

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Hit the Road Jack by Ross MacDonald {Review}

In this delightful picture book, loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit travels across the United States and marvels at all the wonders that the country reveals-from hopping on the subway in New York City to playing a jukebox in Chicago, and from gazing at Mount Rushmore to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry, Hit the Road, Jack is an exuberant story of experiencing all the country has to offer with wide-eyed awe.

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Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart

FORGET-ME-NOTS: POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART is another wonderful collaboration between Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Poet Laureate, and renowned illustrator Michael Emberley. Featuring over 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets with vivid illustrations, this new collection of poems also includes tips for memorization and recitation just in time for National Poetry Month.

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems

Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewishas reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and LangstonHughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodiesand the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, andengaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts,poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together. This funny book is atreat for fans of words and numbers alike.

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Poem Runs: Baseball Poems by Douglas Florian

From the first pitch to the last out and all nine innings between, Douglas Florian’s collection of baseball poems brings wordplay, wit, and laughter to America’s springtime tradition. Featuring a mean-armed pitcher, a daisy-picking right fielder, and a lightning-swift base stealer, Poem Runs combines irresistible language and Florian’s signature child-friendly, bold illustration style in this celebration of the magic of baseball.

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A Meal of the Stars by Dana Jensen, Tricia Tusa

Engaging and innovative, A Meal of the Stars shows how we live in a swaying, crashing, rising, falling–but utterly magical–world. With art merry and spirited, this distinctive collection of up and down poems reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary, resulting in a book young readers won’t want to put down!

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My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook by Crystal Bowman

This Bible Storybook combines fun rhythm and rhyme with a learn-to-read format to help students learn about God’s Word while they learn to read. Young readers will enjoy the lively text and rhythm as well as the stories and engaging art. The stories are written using many of the vocabulary words from the Dolch Sight Word List for young readers. To reinforce reading fluency and build vocabulary skills, the vocabulary words and rhyming words are highlighted and featured at the end of each story. Interactive questions and suggested activities are also included to enhance reading comprehension and personal application.

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Rhymes ‘Round the World by Kay Chorao

Sweet and full of wonder, from catchy to quiet, children’s poems captivate readers of all ages. Here, familiar nursery rhymes and folk songs join poetry selections from many traditions. Recall old favorites and discover new poems, from Poland to Mozambique, Japan to Mexico, and every corner in between. Cheerful illustrations capture the beauty of diversity the world over.

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