Friday, September 01, 2006

Poetry Princess

She's awesome. This girl has an amazing memory. She memorized the poems I expected to spend a week working a day. She even memorized her sister's poem and helped her learn it, too. She can now confidently and accurately recite: the first stanza of My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Caterpillar by Christina G. Rossetti, and

"Work" by anonymous

Work while you work,
Play while you play;
This is the way
To be happy each day.
All that you do,
Do with your might;
Things done by halves
are never done right.

When she can say the poem without mistakes to me and then to her dad she gets a big Lisa Frank sticker. She gets so excited and wants to memorize the poem instantly. We make her review the previous poems before learning a new one, to make sure they stay in her long term memory.

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