Hello, and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit dedicated poet and educator Carol at Beyond Literacy Link for Roundup. (And a favor, PF friends: would someone please add this post to the link up? I am in the middle of difficult things and would be so so grateful!)
And now, I am so so happy to introduce to you wonderful soul and teacher Barbara Faust and the artists of Room 128 A
Bennett Park Montessori Center of Buffalo, NY.
Watermelon-sized thanks to one Amy Ludwig Vanderwater for introducing us! Among so many other things, Amy is a connector. She generous and kind. And she knows everyone! Mwah! Thank you, Amy.
And now.... take it away, Barb!
"Hi Everyone! I am very excited to a guest on Irene’s blog thanks to her generous invitation after an introduction by our mutual friend, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater creator of another wonderful website, The Poem Farm. Thank you, Irene and thank you Amy for introducing us!
|WOW! What a smorgasbord of poetry and art!|
I brought strawberries in one day, then tomatoes and finally cucumbers. On the first day with each fruit we passed it around, touched it, smelled it and I took down the words the children said.
|an angel! inside a TOMATO!|
Then I cut the fruit in half in front of them passed it around cut and continued taking down the words the children said knowing poems would appear. You can imagine how it feels to hear a kindergartner notice “an angel when you make it in the snow” lying right inside of a cut tomato. Or a three-year-old see “jingle bell lights like Santa” travel along the edges of a cut strawberry.
|Jingle bell lights! Ho Ho Ho!|
"After this oral writing the children have a variety of options. They can choose to draw, paint or photograph the fruit available. When their work is finished—the words and the visual arts, I match the poems with the photos and mount them on the poster for City Hall with a thank you to Irene for her inspiration. In the photos you see some of their work matched with their poems. You can also see a photo I took [see below] of two of our kindergartners at work making art—one observer—one photographer who has arranged her shot of the inside of the strawberries that will become part of the poster. What I really love is the joy that making art paints on their faces.
This year we have begun to perform our poems more often while standing in our classroom. The children have memorized everything from Langston Hughes’ “My People” to Irene’s Fresh Delicious work. In these early spring mornings, our room flooded with light I watch eighteen children drawing circles in the air and throwing an imaginary baseball as they recite Irene’s “Tomatoes” and see the same joy on their faces as I see in the photo of the kindergartners creating their own photographs.
Thank you again, Irene for the opportunity to share their joy and their work and to Amy LV for our introduction."
Oh, to be a child in Barb Faust's classroom! What joy! And to be a poet whose words are being feasted upon in this way... I'm honored and humbled and completely inspired. Thank YOU, Barb, and these amazing young poet-artists! Happy summer to all!!