The poem "Sincerely" on page 100 of Here We Go fits well into the spirit of showing love and appreciation for others. How important to notice the kindness and small efforts that occur in our busy schedules. In the classroom, an alternative could be to have students write a poem as a small reflection on where and how they see themselves as being thoughtful and cheerful.
I see the many things you do.
Your words try to be helpful, too.
Each day we get to start anew
For all your willingness, I'm applauding you.
YES, Rita! Here's the text of "Sincerely" from one of the Pomelo Books pages at Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/361625045055545325/
PSU teacher candidates suggested to use this poem as Shared Reading.
This poem is fantastic! I read this to my class on V Day and they loved it. They talked about how they could use it in their future classroom. Many wonderful ideas generated.
Also, it's Random Acts of Kindness Week now, and this poem "How to Love Your Little Corner of the World" by Eileen Spinelli (found in both PET CRAZY: A Poetry Friday Power Book and also in THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY FOR CELEBRATIONS) is perfect to share with students of all ages. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1c/6a/18/1c6a18e05844df98d1b4650df42eb6ae.jpg
Sorry I am late with a post ..It was Random Acts of Kindness week. I actually celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week instead of Valentine's day which is only one day. Here is the poem I would like to share from:
" Here We Go , A Poetry Friday Power Book" actually a response poem "David: Thank you Notes" by Janet Wong
We wrote thank you notes
Spanish and English
to thank her for the delicious lunch
that kept us full of energy,
Vietnamese and English
for the owners of the local nursery,
whose grandson goes to our school,
English and emojis
in a note that we laminated and posted
where Maxi the Cat could read it:
Thank you, (emoji of a sun)
Thank you, everyone,
for putting your (emoji of a heart)
into helping us start
This poem reminded me about thanking someone everyday for the simple things like cooking a meal, sharing a meal with you,or helping you with your garden, that is Kindness. Appreciating the people in our lives. I will use this poem with my first class I get to teach during Random Acts of Kindness week so student can remember showing appreciation through kindness should be more than one day.
Diamond, I think it's a good idea to have students develop the habit of thanking each other for small things. It will help to get them in the mindset of looking for those things to appreciate in others. What a great way to build a positive community in your classroom, and maybe beyond!
At times like this when so many children (and so many of us) are fearful and confused, I think the simple act of thanking people for concrete little things is extremely comforting. Thank YOU, Diamond, for sharing my poem!
I wanted to comment about Powerpack 11 in Here We Go. The Powerplay Activity is called "Time to Act," and it invites readers to choose and make a poster for an advocacy-related project that fits with their passion and interests. I think this is a great transition from reading about and responding to issues of social justice, to beginning to envision oneself taking a more active role. I particularly loved 'Jenna's' poem, Little By Little, and the follow-up invitation to write a list poem about one's own actions and experiences that make a difference in the world, big or small.
For young children, this section would pair very well with the picture book "Come With Me" by Holly M. McGee. It introduces the idea of making small but significant changes when the world can seem overwhelming. These are much-needed and valuable resources!
For anyone looking for a small action to improve the world, may I suggest joining Overbrook Presbyterian Church and Bonner High School on April 28 to pack meals for hungry children around the world through a charity called Feed My Starving Children. Look it up on the internet. For more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last year, this mobile pack packed 106,000 meals in a day. That fed a lot of people! There are 2 hour shifts. Children 5 and older are invited to come with parents.