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Poetic Memories of Summer
Summer serves up red-hot afternoons, cold lemonade, buzzing bees, and rumbling thunderstorms – rich images that can be captured in poems. The child begins this activity by selecting a summer topic, moment, or memory and then exploring it through words and drawings. Next, the child can use one or more poetry interactive tools with easy-to-follow formats for beginner poets. The child types descriptive words into the formats to create playful poems. A supervising adult can interact with the child throughout the activity, or the child can work independently.
When children create poems, they are learning the basics of the creative process through the freedom of word association and the development of vocabulary. Young poets can explore poetic structure by choosing from among three options: Acrostic, Diamante, or Theme. Discussion between adult and child teaches that writing can be enhanced by sharing ideas and listening to others. But keep it light and supportive so this writing exercise feels fun and stress-free – like summer should be.