Monthly Archives: April 2016

April Poem of the Month: Number Poem

April’s poem of the month is a poem about signs of spring that uses one of my favorite poem formats because it’s fun and fairly simple for all children.  First, have kids write their phone numbers down the side of a page.  Then have them think of a sign of spring to go with each number.  For example, 1 bunny, 2 flower buds, etc.  Finally have them insert adjectives to describe each thing.  1 cute bunny, 2 tiny flower buds, etc.  Here is a poem by one of my former third graders (don’t worry – I changed the numbers in the phone number!).

Signs of Spring

3 Little insects

7 Pretty flowers

2 Cold days

8 Big bikes

5 Good friends

7 Colorful butterflies

6 Tiny leaves

After editing, have the children copy their final copies on bright springy paper and decorate with spring flower stickers.  There you have it – easy and quick for this busy time of year!

There’s an Elephant on My Blog – April Fool!

Happy April Fool’s Day!  Even though it’s kind of a tiny holiday, it’s always been one of my favorites.  When I was little, elephants were my April Fool’s Day joke of choice: there’s an elephant on your head, there’s an elephant behind you, etc.  You get the idea.  Comic gold, right?!?  So elephants have become the symbol of April Fool’s Day for me.  I still text my family pictures of elephants and put elephant toys here and there on April Fool’s Day.

The elephants have even become a big part of some of our most important life events which have coincidentally happened on April Fool’s Day.  April 1st is our wedding anniversary (and yes, 10 years later we are still “fools in love!”).  Much to our wedding coordinator’s dismay, I got some elephants and wedding outfits at Build A Bear and had them all dressed up and waiting as a surprise at my parents’ seats in the sanctuary at our wedding.

April Fool Wedding Elephants

April Fool Wedding Elephants

Last year, our first big inspection of our new still under construction house was on April 1st.  My husband was sure to take some pictures with a strategically placed toy elephant to commemorate the occasion.

April Fool Elephant at Our New House

April Fool Elephant at Our New House

Such happy and special memories on such an absurd holiday!  So have some fun today – whether or not elephants are part of your celebration.