Thursday, July 17, 2014
Last week, my four-year old granddaughter, Evie, read a book to her preschool class during circle time. She was so proud to be able to read it all by herself!
Over the years, I've taught preschool, elementary, and middle school. One of the most rewarding experiences for me is sharing the excitement when a child reads his/her first book. I wrote this little poem to capture that experience.
Come look, come look--
I'm reading, I'm reading,
I'm reading a book!
I just found it here
on the library shelf
and I can read every word
all by myself.
Come look, come look--
my very first book!
Linda Kulp- all rights reserved
It won't be long before he reads his very first book!
Evie reading to her unicorn.
Be sure to stop by to visit Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for more poetry offerings.
Friday, July 11, 2014
I've been busy teaching summer school, and the days just seem to be speeding by. I can't believe the summer is half over already!
- The lessons were well-structured: model, practice, apply, feedback.
- The assignments and daily interaction with Renee and my classmates kept me motivated.
- There were opportunities to apply new skills to my WIP.
- The lessons meet the needs of a variety of learning styles (verbal, audio, visual, kinesthetic).
- A lot of information was packed into this course, but it was always entertaining and FUN!
Most courses end, and that’s it. Not The Lyrical Language Lab! At the end of the course, Renee provided us with a packet containing all of our assignments and her feedback. She is also creating an e-book of our course so we can review as needed. And, we had the opportunity to join an online group of course alumni so we can continue to learn and support each other. How wonderful is that?
If you're looking to “punch up your prose,” add to your poetry toolbox, or add to your teaching repertoire, I hope you’ll head over to No Water River and check out The Lyrical Language Lab.
I can't end this post without mentioning another excellent resource. If you are in need of coaching, consulting, or critiquing, Mentors for Rent is the way to go! Laura Purdie Salas and Lisa Bullard are the providers of this outstanding service. Both of these ladies have years of writing and coaching experience and share a wealth of knowledge about the business of writing for children. I can tell you from personal experience, they work hard to help clients reach their writing goals. Check out their website for more details.
Okay, I hope I didn't sound too much like an infomercial, but I know there are folks like me who are looking for resources to reach the next level in their writing.
Now sit back, have a cup of tea, and let's enjoy today's poetry offerings.
Thanks for stopping by!
First Cup Edition
Laura at Author Amok shares, "July 2 was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. I'm celebrating with a post about Debbie Levy's latest picture book, "We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song." In free verse, Levy covers the history of "We Shall Overcome" from slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement, and its worldwide popularity today."
Matt comes to us today with an original poem at Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme.
Tabatha shares a roller coaster poem by Heidi Mordhorst at The Opposite of Indifference.
Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge brings us fortune cookies and a poem by Irene Latham.
Donna had some fun with her grandchildren this week over at Mainely Write, and she also share's a poem by Linda Baie.
Linda shares a summer swap poem by Margaret Simon at Teacher Dance.
Over at Gathering Books, Myra shares a poem by Iphigene.
Reading to the Core brings us a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Heidi is looking for suggestions about a classic poem for her revision project at My Juicy Little Universe.
Diane is in today with an original poem at Random Noodling. She also brings us a short post about FIREFLY JULY at Kurious Kitty.
Laura is in today with a poem by Irene Latham from her new book DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST.
Margaret shares a poem by Wendi Romero at Reflections on the Teche.
Irene is in today at Live Your Poem with Quilts, & Pears, & the Summer Swap.
Monica over at Cartwheels shares at original poem today.
Violet offers us some summer advice today.
Becky shares an adaptation of Rilke's unicorn poem at Tapestry of Words.
Second Cup Edition
Tara is in today with a post inspired by the news at A Teaching Life.
Bildungsroman comes to us with an Emily Dickinson poem.
Sylvia has a must read tribute to the poetry of the late, great Walter Dean Myers at Poetry for Children.
Jone shares a postcard she received from Joy Acey at Check It Out.
Joy is in today with an original summer poem at Poetry for Kids Joy.
Amy is at The Poem Farm with a poem about spirit animals inspired by Laura Shovan's post last week.
OK! I think that's it for round two. I posted all the links in the Comments section also, just in case. I'll check back later this afternoon in case anyone else drops by. I apologize for not giving a better description for each of today's offerings, but I'm on a time crunch (like always), and the computer was not cooperating! Now, I'm going to get my tea and read these wonderful offerings! Thank you to everyone who stopped by Write Time!
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading stopped by to bring us some "Chicory".
Jen from I am a teacher et cetera just popped in to share an interesting piece she's been working on. I like it!
Carol invites us over to Beyond Literacy Link for some summer serenity along with a writing invitation.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Happy Poetry Month!
I've been checking out the poetry projects on the kidlit blogs this month. I love having an entire month to celebrate poetry. Every year, I dream of writing a daily post to celebrate National Poetry Month, but I quickly talk myself out of it because I worry that I won't be able to fulfill my commitment. Well, this year I'm determined to devote more time to writing so I bought a little notebook and labeled it National Poetry Month. Although I'm not posting them, I'm scribbling something resembling a poem every night before I go to bed. I use the word resembling because some nights after a long day at school (and a long commute home) that's about all I can manage! Yep, it's messy, but I'm following the advice of real writers who tell us to just get something down. I've already seen some connections. Who knows, I might even find a few decent ideas for poems hiding in there!
Still, I really want to take part in the celebration so I'm extremely grateful to Irene Latham of Live Your Poem for organizing the progressive poem for folks like me who just want to dip a toe into the waters of National Poetry Month. Like many others, this is my third year to participate.
It's fun to follow the poem's progress each day and wonder where it might go next. Part of the excitement is that it's impossible to plan a line until the poet who precedes you writes his/her line. Yesterday, the talented Tabatha Yeats added a whole new twist to the poem. I love how she opened to door to some interesting possibilities. As I read the poem again and again, it felt very dreamlike so that gave me an idea for my line. I hope it works!
Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe
Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;
Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,
Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?
Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone.
The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?
Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey
Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.
But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?
Time to be tactical— I'll ask my friends what I should stow.
And in one breath, a honeyed word whispered low— dreams
Okay, Mary Lee, I've taken us to dreamland, I can't wait to see your creative imagination take us next!
Want more poetry? Michelle at Today's Little Ditty has this week's Poetry Friday roundup!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Valentine Hearts selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins is perfect for young readers because they will relate to poems about everything from heart-shaped sandwiches to hoping for a special valentine and a love note for a special pet. I am honored to have a poem included in this very gorgeous little book.
Outside my window
on the icy ground below
a little bird sings:
A valentine melody
just for me!
Linda Kulp, all rights reserved
Click here to read two poems from the collection by two very talented poets, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Marilyn Singer.
Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury in Love Poems by Nikki Grimes is a true “valentine delight” with poems about many different types of love. The rhymed and unrhymed poems are written in variety of forms including: letter poem, list, and free verse. I love the vivid imagery and deep emotions in this collection. Here is the beginning of one of my favorite poems from the collection.
He pulls her close
She strokes his face
Their thoughts fly to
Their starting place
Read the rest of the poem here, and you'll see why I'm such a big Nikki Grimes fan.
Check out these links for a few Young Adult collections I love:
I Am Wings and Buried Alive both by Ralph Fletcher
A Lion’s Hunger: Poems of First Love by Ann Turner
Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing by Gary Soto
Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love by Pat Mora
I found the next two collections several years ago while browsing the poetry section in my local Borders. It's unfortunate that so many wonderful book stores have closed. I used to have a lot of fun discovering treasures such as these.
Also check out: Love Poems by Charles Ghigna. After you read these beautiful poems, you might want to pen your own poem for someone you love. Charles provides us with inspiration and advice here.
Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni. I come back to these poems again and again!
If you have other favorite collections of love poetry, please share the titles with me so I can add them to my bookshelf.
Be sure to stop by to see Linda at TeacherDance for more Poetry Friday to love today!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
My husband has a different idea about what makes a perfect snow day. He walks about five miles most every day regardless of the weather. He likes to walk in the early morning or late evening, especially in winter. He says the frozen air energizes him. I enjoy going for walks outside too, but not when temperatures dip below zero!
For Christmas, he gave me a copy of Ted Kooser's WINTER MORNING WALKS: one hundred postcards to Jim Harrison. So while my hubby was out for his walk, I enjoyed a winter morning walk of another kind with one of my favorite poets.
There are so many lovely poems in this collection. Today I'm sharing one that has special meaning to me because my mother passed away June 10 (technically still spring), and this was our first Christmas without her. It begins:
Cold and snowing.
The opening pages forgotten,
then the sadness of my mother's death
in the cold, wet chapters of spring.
You can read the rest of the poem here. The poem is toward the bottom of the page.
You can also read about composer Maria Schneider setting the poems to music.
Be sure to stop by and say hello to Tara at her new blog site A Teaching Life , and have a delightful Poetry Friday!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Finding My Voice
When you have all these thoughts
just running around in your head
how do you make sense of any one of them
Switching from analyzing this
to analyzing that
Oh to find some relief
Like to take my head off
let all the garbage spill out
Then I would be left with a empty head
Funny I know
But how else do you clear the clutter away
Read the rest of the poem here.
I chose VOICE as my one little word to guide me through 2014 because this is the year I want to figure out the "what's next" I mentioned in my birthday post.
Our voice is a unique expression of who we are. I've spent much of my life trying to find my voice-- afraid to trust myself, I waited for others to tell me who I should be. But, growing older gives us the courage to do things differently, to take risks, and discover our own true selves. I don't know where Voice will lead me this year, but I look forward to the journey!
I'd love to hear about your One Little Word.
In case you haven't chosen one yet, here is a link to a video with Jon Gordon talking about how to choose your OLW. (I apologize for the advertisement that precedes the video.)
Don't forget to stop by and see Donna at Mainely Write for today's Poetry Friday.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Today I'm celebrating more than a new year, I'm also celebrating my birthday! This feels like a big year for me because exactly one year from today (January 2, 2015), I'll turn 60! Yep, the big 6-0! Wow! Even as I type these words, I can hardly believe it!
I recently heard an interview with Oprah talking about how she felt about the new year and her upcoming 60th. birthday. She said that she's never felt better about her life. "Every year you have another chance to try again to get it right." I like that.
Last night I got a birthday email from my son that said, "it's the beginning of the life you always wanted." I think that is a great way to think about the transitions in our life, they are new beginnings and worth celebrating!
With retirement just a few years away; I've been thinking about what’s next. Of course my family will continue to be my main focus, but I also want to put more effort into achieving my writing goals. I've put them on the back burner for far too long. I'd also like to blog more often on Poetry Friday. I love being part of this community, but I often worry that I don't have anything interesting enough to post. I'm trying to get over that and let myself have fun with it. I have a tendency to talk myself out of the things I want to do, so that's another area for me to work on this year.
Having goals and pursuing a dream keeps the heart young. I chose to share this poem because it reminds me that that being old is more than just a number, it's how we choose to look at life.
Next week, I'll share my One Little Word for 2014. I put a lot of thought into the word I want to guide me through the year. I think it's a great word for where I am right now in my life, and I can't wait to share it with you. How about you? What is your One Little Word.
Betsy is hosting today's Poetry Friday over at I Think in Poems.