Monday, October 24, 2011

Magic Marker Monday with Poetry

This is the post that was supposed to go up LAST Monday, but I’ve saved it up so we can at least get the days in sync.  It’s all about maintaining a professional image and all…

So, last week’s art project sounded so cool – a crayon-shaving fall tree!

First we sharpened lots of crayons, including blue since blue is most definitely a color for fall leaves.  It was interesting to observe how some crayon brands shaved in neat rolls, while others came off in tiny slivers.

Then, I suggested clumping colors in spots on our wax paper, but Esmé insisted on mixing the colors into a nice happy hodgepodge.

Then we got out the iron, and this is where Mom made mistakes.  I left it too hot or too long, and the colors smudged together in spots, creating a nice brown.

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All in all, a fun, educational process that we will hang up for a while.  And probably not attempt wax paper crayon shaving art again for awhile.

So, let’s talk about poetry!  Week Four of Poetry for Kids was about the SOUNDS of good poetry.  So we discussed rhyme, alliteration, rhythm, and repetition.  

And then we embarked on an alliteration/rhyme project that was WAY harder than I thought it would be.  Esmé kept making up words instead of using her vast vocabulary to come up with suitable ones.  So her lines sounded great but made no sense.

After dozens of rejections by Mom, here is the final verse.  The jury’s out on whether it makes sense, but it DOES use real words…
Lovely lambs lick lollipops;
Doggies dance.
Mamma monkeys chase mice
And penguins prance.
All that effort left Esmé a little weary, so her illustrations are limited to just two characters.  Here are Dancing Doggy and Chased Mouse.

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
~Pablo Picasso
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SoCo mom said...

Love the poem and her pictures!

Good for you for posting the tree art. It's a creative process!

Jennifer said...

What a cool tree. I like the light shining through it.

Childlife said...

I love her fall tree and her poetry is delightful! And you know... Lewis Carroll was fond of making up his own words for his poems. Perhaps Miss Esmé is a true poet in the making :)

~Michelle @ 5MFSN