Children’s Words, Trees and a Poem – A Finale

I wrote about our Tree Walk on a windy day in Part 3.  This walk was just one part of the blog post on Children’s Words.  Little did I know at the time that the walk, and their words, would grow.

Explode is more like it.

The tree walk was windy.  After the walk we brainstormed words.  Nothing formal, just words about what they saw or felt.

We asked the children to write a poem, using these words, their words.  The words would remind them of the Tree Walk and bring to life the adventure, once again.  And it did just that!  Words are powerful, especially through poetry.

The trees and leaves are moving.
Leaves are falling off.
Prickly evergreen.
Bare deciduous.
Spiders crawling on the tree.
The wind blows the leaves away.

Wow!  I will never underestimate the power of words and the natural creativity of children.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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46 Responses to Children’s Words, Trees and a Poem – A Finale

  1. beth says:

    they are amazing –

  2. Ritu says:

    How beautiful!

  3. emberbear says:

    So delightful. Lovely photos and poem. 😃

  4. Opher says:

    Gosh – I used to love my nature walks and so did the kids – so valuable!

  5. Trees, wind, words, poem. Life doesn’t get any better than this. I wonder how many of the children will grow up to be poets.

  6. quiall says:

    Learning to love words is a fabulous foundation for life and how to express it.

  7. Its wonderful to see them all enjoying nature and incorporating those words into a beautiful poem Jennie… I bet you are so proud of them all.. ❤

  8. srbottch says:

    Isn’t it wonderful? We just need to take time to listen…

  9. Dan Antion says:

    Children see the world for what it is. You are wonderful to give them the chance to express what they see and feel.

  10. Darlene says:

    Children never cease to amaze me! How awesome.

  11. Oh amazing! How old are these kiddos?

  12. Wonderful words! Children are amazing! ❤

  13. Great, Jennie. Thanks.

  14. beetleypete says:

    Such long words from small children. Whatever you are doing right, you now know it works. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  15. That’s a great poem. I hope it continues to bring the adventure to life over and over again.

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    Another glorious experience for the Aqua Room!

  17. K.L. Hale says:

    Awesome!! I love trees too 💚👏🏻 🌲

  18. What a wonderful poem you have all written together, Jennie. Fantastic. Have a lovely weekend.

  19. Cant regret. Lol You are a wonderful teacher, with so many ideas within great profession, Jennie! Hope a lot of newbies will take you as an role model. Michael

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