I know I have only recently shared with you about our monthly poetry baskets. However, I wanted to write a quick post about our October basket for the benefit of any parents of my children who may read the blog (even though they don't tell me! haha) and want the words to the poem. The photo below shows the pocket chart with the poem in it. As before, we practiced the poem without print the first week, then added the print the second week (last week), and the poetry basket with objects this week. Next week we'll practice reciting the poem from memory at group time. My favorite part!
A reader had asked me after my first poetry post where I have my pocket chart located. You can see below that it is right next to my calendar area. I like having it here because it is readily available for me when I want to model reading and pointing at group time. During our work period the children come up and use the pointer (on the floor in the photo) to read the poem on their own. I love it when they do that!
Below are the contents of the basket: a laminated copy of the poem with pictures, a basket of silk leaves (from Dollar General), three little pumpkins (they are real; they grew out of my compost bin at home after I threw out last year's jack-o-lanterns; I don't know why they are small instead of big though!) and a miniature "bonfire" from my oldest son's frontier play set.
When I demonstrated this basket during group time I had my assistant read the poem and point to the words (on the little laminated copy) while I "acted out" the poem with the objects. I showed how to start with a few leaves on my open palm and then to blow them off when she said, "....the smallest breeze gives us a shower of autumn leaves." Then I pointed to the bonfire and pumpkins at the appropriate time and picked up some leaves and let them fall when she said, "Leaves sailing down." When she read, "October is red and golden and brown" I held up a red, yellow, then brown leaf.
I just have to say how adorable it is to watch pairs of friends read and enact these poems. It is truly so heart-warming.