Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fireflies are Out! - MyPoWriYe #74

It's that season here in Western New York...firefly season! Last night we fully expected a thunderstorm, but instead it was clear.  Henry made a bonfire in the backyard, and we sat around singing from our songbook and wondering what the fireflies were saying to each other in Morse code.

Students - sometimes writing ideas come from events, from moments that only happen once in a while.  Around here, the first firefly-sighting is feels like a holiday to us, and it is fun to honor this special time with writing.  What little days or minutes in your life almost feel like holidays, holidays just for you?  Choose one, and let your pencil fly...

Teachers and Parents - Elaine at Wild Rose Reader posted a great list yesterday of links to books, book awards, and many helpful resources.  There are quite a few things here that you may wish to bookmark.

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  1. Hi, Amy--

    I do admire your dedication to one poem a day--and this one came out very well. Lightning bugs, as I grew up calling them, are special to me too, and one of the things I love is that they fly low and slow, as though they were made just for the little kids of summer to catch.
    My favorite line in this is "evening skies grow thick and thicker."

  2. Dear Heidi,
    Thank you for your note. I grew up calling them lightning bugs too...but somehow they are fireflies to me now. Last night my daughter put one in my hand; you are right about them being just right for catching. I laugh when sometimes they slip away just to the next leaf, and my children skip along behind.

  3. Amy,
    You have inspired me to use poetry to teach vocabulary and figurative language to one of my students. Thinking of your blog, I was reminded of the lightning bugs at your place and was going to request a poem about them. Here one is! Yay!
    Thank you!

  4. Dear Stacey,
    How funny! Once again, you and I are on the same wavelength. I love that you visit here with one of your students...please feel free to make a request or to ask your student to make a request. I'll do my best!