Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Gift of Choices and Opportunities

Poetry Friday supported and honored the work of our Veterans.  We discussed how soldiers, both past and present, served and currently serve the citizens of the United States, working to protect the freedoms and choices our society values. It is because of these freedoms, each person can contribute to our society and make the world a better place.  

We started with a childhood favorite, the beloved author, Eric Carle.  The kids wondered why I was sharing such a primary book called, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse.   

We looked at the special message shared by Eric Carle and how a teacher preserved his choices and imagination as a developing artist during World War II.
 Once we explored the importance of choice and freedom, we looked at one aspect of such gifts:  the choice to bring joy to our world.  We explored a new poet named Alan Katz and how we can make a difference in our world using the talents we possess.  Alan Katz' main goal and purpose as a poet is to bring joy and laughter to a serious world.  A message that all of us need to hear!

We also explored his new book of poetry available for partial viewing at the publisher's website:

We also explore what it is like to be a poet and author with his interview videos on the same page as the poetry book available for preview.

Finally, we enjoyed a fun sing-along poem available in another beloved Alan Katz collection.

You would have been proud of your children.  Visit our IMA Kidsblog and see how they explored the idea that they can and do make a difference in the world!

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