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Welcoming Winter | gumboot books

With the chill of winter upon us, why not stay in for the day and try your hand at a verse or two of poetry? With Math & Poetry Fun With Sidney The Silly & Friends to point you in the right direction, you’re sure to be working your way through limericks, odes, and sonnets before the next snowfall!

Welcoming winter
With seasonal poetry
That warms the spirit.

December 21st serves double duty next week when it offers up two fabulous celebrations! Both National Haiku Poetry Day and the winter solstice take place on that day and they are simple to combine into one fun event!

Have kids write haikus about the first day of winter and perhaps you will be setting them on the path to a lifelong appreciation for the beautiful poetic form. Connecting writing to what is going on around them is a great way to encourage literacy in young children, and the challenge of tackling a new skill – such as haiku – will keep them invested while they are learning something different.

You can even add some excitement into the activity by running a competition to see whose poem is the funniest or the most beautiful or, if they are older, the most technically accurate haiku. For younger children, having them create a picture of a scene depicting the onset of winter and the longest night / shortest day of the year will spark the imaginations of those who may be having a harder time with the writing.

If you would like to order a copy of Math & Poetry Fun With Sidney The Silly & Friends, click on the book cover below!

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