Friday, February 25, 2011

Poetry Contest

My 8-year-old daughter, K won 2nd place in a county poetry contest. We just got the phone call last night, and we are all so excited and happy for her! On March 24th, we all get to go to a reception where she will read her poem and be given a book as a gift with all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in it!

K just WRITES! She has journals and notebooks where she jots down her thoughts, poems, song lyrics, or she may just jot down what she did that day. I let her choose whatever poem she wanted to enter and she chose this poem:

My Favorite Animal
My favorite animal is not a sheep
My favorite animal is not the animal that lives in the deep
My favorite animal is not a dog
My favorite animal is not a frog
My favorite animal is not a cat
My favorite animal is not a bat
My favorite animal of all
is a horse who stands so tall

Last night she was reading over her poem again and she said, "Mom, I wish I would have written the second line differently. I wish I would have said, 'My favorite animal is not a fish that lives in the deep.' " It was a great natural lesson in how all good writers go back often and edit their writing.

I would like to encourage you to read poetry to your children and allow them the freedom to simply freely write down their thoughts, desires, and dreams!


Heidi said...

Congrats to her! It is always nice when your writing efforts are recognized!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Great job! We are proud of you! 'miss' Linda & mr. Darrell

Heidi said...

Wow! What an honor!