Thursday, April 22, 2010

Poem #22, TV Turnoff #4, & Earth Day

Earth Day Eve 2010
Photo by Amy LV

Neither you nor I should spend any more time in front of screens than is necessary today.  Mother Earth is waiting...

Tomorrow is Poetry Friday.  Please come back to learn about some delightful poetry CDs and also a few thoughts about how rituals of poetry can deepen our classrooms and our lives.

(Please click on COMMENTS below to share a thought.)


  1. Thank you, Deb. What a gorgeous Earth Day we're having...enjoy the sun!

  2. Amy,

    Great poem!

    I was an elementary teacher for many years. Over time, I saw how children were losing their connection to the natural world. Many didn't know how to pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells of the science all around them. Every September I'd take my students on their first field trip--a walk in the woods. We'd stop and listen for birds and other woodland sounds. We'd turn over fallen logs and find salamanders and insects and look for different types of fungi, detritus, insect galls, lichens growing on rocks, glacial erratics.
    It was a wonderful way to begin the school year--and an excellent way to show children how to be more careful observers.

  3. Elaine,

    What a wonderful beginning to the year for your students, getting to know each other and their world. Did you share your poems with them?

    We live way out in the country so that all of us can romp around in nature. My husband is a science teacher, so he is the biggest log turner in the family...

    I am so grateful the resources you have been sharing with us, and I love that I can refer teachers to your wonderful blog -great mask post today!

    Thank you so much.