Monday, April 25, 2016

Creepy Creatures and Curious Cuisine... Gulp!

Today, Poetry on Parade celebrates the creepiest of creatures and the most curious of cuisine. 
Our parade is sss-snaking along 
with creative concepts, wonderful words, 
rowdy rhythms, and rollicking rhymes!

Our first poem features a sss-superb creature who makes its home in sss-sweltering tropical climates, hunts-sss for its dinner in the dark of night, and sss-swallows its prey whole. Gulp! Mama Boa may give birth to sss-sixty sss-small sss-social boa babies at a time; however, adult boas prefer sss-solitude and are sss-sizeable, sss-sometimes weighing more than one hundred pounds and sss-stretching to a length of thirteen sss-stealthy, sss-slinky feet! Take a look at Julia (poetry narrator), Casey (unsuspecting reader), and Ana (homemade boa) performing Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein:


It’s the stuff of legend: dragons, serpents, and multi-armed beasts! Nautical folklore is full of slimy, scaly, slipper sea monsters, creatures who threaten storm-tossed ships, spout jets of water, and make all manner of maritime mischief. Kevin, Stella, and Brian entertain us with Slithery Dee by Alvin Schwartz:


Our final poem for the day transports us from the depths of the deep blue sea to the depths of our domestic Frigidaire! Peyton, Casey, and Mr. Cleary present Deep in Our Refrigerator by Jack Prelutsky:


The milk may be soured and the quiche may be congealed; the casserole may be curdled and the macaroni salad may be spoiled. There may be too many cooks in the kitchen... but there are never too many poetry enthusiasts in the LMC, and a good poem is never past its sell-by date!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Celebrating Spring with Poet-Tree in the LMC!

April is National Poetry Month! Spring is springing all around us, and Lafayette is celebrating the season with a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, rhythm-jamming, rhyme-slamming Parade of Poetry. We are reading poems, writing poems, performing poems, and sharing poetry with family and friends:

Poetry on Parade is all about creative thought, wonderful words, and getting everyone involved in the poetic experience. Take a look at One, Two... written by one of Lafayette's favorite poets, Shel Silverstein, and performed by Mr. Cleary and Kyra:


Check out this Poetry on Parade Exclusive: 
An Interview with Shel Silverstein
featuring Julie Cif and Mike E.


It’s springtime in the LMC!
The air is filled with poetry.
With books in bloom,
a happy scene-ing:
bees are buzzing,
grass is greening. 
As for us,
we’ll spend some time
with words that sing
and lines that rhyme.
It’s springtime in the LMC!
And Look!  
We’ve grown a Poet-Tree! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Crowd Goes Wild: Good Sports, Good Poetry

Good Sports, Good Poetry!
Today, Poetry on Parade visits the wide world of sports.  We'll fill our duffel bags with rhythm and rhyme. We'll be a traveling team of poetry writers and performers!

Let's get the ball rolling with Soccer Land, written by Karen Jo Shapiro and performed by Colleen and Erin:


Next up, take a look at an original poem by Lafayette's Sean L:

The football,
across the field,
about to start its descent,
into Number 24's hands.
Sprinting across the field,
into the end zone.
The crowd goes 
cheering for

Talk about tackling a poem!  
Here, Sean reads his poem for Lafayette Live:


Let's Hear It for the Home Team!
The clock is winding down on this blog post, and it's time to head to the locker room and pack up our poetry. But remember: legendary New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." So keep practicing, keep playing, and keep performing poetry!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Celebrating Earth Day Today and Every Day

Going Green and Going Strong: On April 22, 1970, the United States held a one-day national event intended to encourage appreciation of our planet and to increase awareness of Earth’s environmental issues. By 1990, Earth Day had gone global, growing into an international celebration that included over 140 countries around the world.  In 2009, the United Nations declared April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with over 175 participating nations.  As we celebrate Earth Day with original poetry, we declare that we are Poetry Paraders, not polluters!

Nico shared his original Earth Day poem on Lafayette Live:


Some communities extend Earth Day into Earth Week, planning seven days of environmentally-friendly activities.  But why stop at one day or one week?  Let’s make Every Day Earth Day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Is the Season, and Rhyme Is the Reason!

At long last, Spring is springing: bees are buzzing; trees are greening; birds are singing… a brightening scene-ing. At Lafayette School, the arrival of Spring means another thing.  It’s time to rhyme!  We’re looking forward to National Poetry Month and a visit from The Mayhem Poets in April.  But first, we’re marching through March with our annual Parade of Poetry: a time to read poems, write poems, perform poems, and share the magic of poetry with friends and family. Let’s get our hand-clapping, foot-stomping, rhythm-jamming, rhyme-slamming Parade of Poetry started!

Original Poetry on Parade Artwork by Cynthia Z.
Even as we celebrate Spring, we take a poetic glance back at our long, cold, snowy winter.  Kate and Halsey share This Winter I Went Sledding by Kenn Nesbitt: 


No doubt about it, storm-after-winter-storm gave us a collective case of cabin fever. Sally and Norah explore another popular poetic malady in School Fever by Brod Bagert:


Let's move from a wish-filled school poem to a school-of-fish poem.  Kendall and Mia perform Fishy by Doug Florian:


A fishy poem, indeed!  Spring is not only time to rhyme, it's also time to frolic.  After watching Katrina, Amelia, and Ciara perform Dancing Pants by Shel Silverstein, we think there's something fishy-- and fascinating-- about a frolicking wardrobe:


Dancing pants!   Poetry invites us to think... to dream... to wonder about the world in new and exciting ways. Here, Julia and Josie share What Will I Be? by Dennis Lee:


To think.  To dream.  To wonder.  Where will poetry take us next?  Stay tuned, Poetry Paraders! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Clickety-Clack: A Poetic Train of Thought

Toot, Toot!  Chatham is a railroad town, and on Saturday, June 14, we plan to commemorate our train station's 100th birthday during the annual Fishawack Festival.  We'll celebrate with exhibits of railroad memorabilia, displays of historical photographs, and an exciting attempt at the Guinness World Records mark for the most train whistles blown simultaneously at a single location!

Take a look at The Song of the Train, written by David McCord, performed by Parker, and featuring favorite train Thomas the Tank Engine.  The poem makes good use of onomatopoeia-- words that sound like their meaning-- to describe the noise and motion of the train:


Reading the Rails in the LMC: Check out nonfiction picture book Locomotive by Brian Floca (385 FLO).  The 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner imagines what passengers experienced as they traveled across plains and over mountains, journeying west on the brand new transcontinental railroad in 1869.
And now, Poetry Paraders, we come to the end-- or maybe the caboose-- of this blog post!