The Garden Year

This sweet poem is clearly written for seasons in America, but it would be delightful experience to rewrite it with your children for your location! Maybe it’s not even accurate for your American state. Come share it with us when you write your adaptation, and be sure to tell us where you live!

By |January 7th, 2013|Homeschool, Poetry|1 Comment

What Joy Comes Back to You?

Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.

And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to make you glad.

by John Greenleaf Whittier

Find more of Jane’s favorite poetry in Five

By |December 5th, 2012|Advent, Christmas, Poetry|0 Comments

First Thanksgiving of All

Reading poems with children can be great fun. Snuggling together, listening to the rhythm and rhymes, catching an interesting image or giggling over a funny line, brings a sense of intimacy and richness to your family gathering. Reading good prose, enjoying together a great piece of art, music or dance are all wonderful, but don’t forget to add the enjoyment of good poetry. Here is a poem by Nancy Byrd Turner you can have fun with at Thanksgiving.

By |November 17th, 2012|Poetry, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

October, by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less

By |October 1st, 2012|Autumn, Poetry|0 Comments




September is a stallion

With a flowing, tawny, mane

Who has never known a bridle,

Nor a rider, nor a reign;

A steed of bronze and amber

Whose bright hoofs strike the ground

With a sharp staccato rhythm

And an icy, ringing sound.

September is a mustang

From wild, untrammeled skies

By |September 14th, 2012|Autumn, Poetry|3 Comments