First-grade students in Kim Aikens and Suzanne James' classes recently got a chance to showcase their artistic ability with words. They composed poems of various sorts, then presented them to a full house of parents.
"We have been reading poetry as a class all year long," said Aikens. "Since April is Poetry Month, we made sure to set aside a week in April to study poetry."
She said the students learned about rhyming in poems and about a few types of poems, such as, list poems, shape poems, haikus, important poems, and acrostic poems. The students were able to write their own poem for each type, then on Friday, April 27, they celebrated all that we had learned during a program called "Poems in Your Pocket Day."
Preslie Bodine, Gian Len and Kailey Rodgers present poetry they composed just for Dobbins’ “Poetry in your Pocket” day last week at the end of the school day.
During the program, students literally brought in their crafted pieces in their pockets. At the end of the school day they headed to the gym where parents had gathered. The first-graders then got a chance to read a few poems after they told their audience why poetry was so important. After the presentation, the students scurried into the audience, and began to read the poems in their pockets to as many audience members as possible. The program ended with the students being able to share in some juice and cookies.
The program wasn't a first for the school, but is a continuing tradition, according to Aikens.
"This has been an annual event for many years," she said. "I am not sure exactly how long it has been going on. I have only been teaching first grade for three years and Mrs. James for two years. We have continued the tradition of this celebration from the past teachers."
She said the program does a lot more than just allow the students to study and enjoy poetry.
"Not only does it help them to appreciate poetry, but I think it also helps them to become more confident in public speaking," she said.