Guest poem sent in by Kathryn Stinson
(Poem #1694) Learning
I'm learning to say thank you. And I'm learning to say please. And I'm learning to use Kleenex, Not my sweater, when I sneeze. And I'm learning not to dribble. And I'm learning not to slurp. And I'm learning (though it sometimes really hurts me) Not to burp. And I'm learning to chew softer When I eat corn on the cob. And I'm learning that it's much Much easier to be a slob.
I memorized Viorst's "Learning" with my third grade son and recited it in front of his third grade class, with him. What a pleasure to share it, parenting the same child who memorized it with me, as he was actually learning little nuances of polite living. It was a class assignment, and all the children memorized something and then stood to recite, some with their parents, some going it alone. Public school teachers are unsung heroes. I thank mine whenever I get the chance. And a bunch of them have put together poetry sites for the little guys. Here's a gateway site for several good children's poetry sites: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/links/childrenspoetrylinks.html ~Kathryn Stinson [Biography] Judith Viorst is the author of eight collections of poetry and five books of prose, including the bestseller Necessary Losses and her comic novel, Murdering Mr. Monti. .... Viorst has ... written twelve children's books, among them the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. http://www.annonline.com/interviews/980112/biography.html [Theme] The current theme, poems worthy of memorisation, started at Poem #1687