Day 13 of 31 Days of Poems for Kids: How to teach Poetry to kids in less than 2 minutes today

How to teach a poem to kids in less than 2 minutes…

Day 13 of 31 Days of Poems for Kids:  THE GIRAFFE by Ron Padgett

Poetry is often called the most concentrated form of literature because every syllable and every letter is carefully designed by the poet to create one exquisite effect.

In THE GIRAFFE, renowned American poet Ron Padgett presents brilliantly humorous wordplay that brings his readers to the very essence of THE GIRAFFE.  See and hear for yourself:

2 f’s!

THE GIRAFFE by Ron Padgett

The 2 f’s
in giraffe
are like
2 giraffes
running through
the word giraffe

The 2 f’s
run through giraffe
like 2 giraffes

Read the poem aloud with your kids.  Read it again.  And maybe again.

By the 4th of 5th read, you’ll be smiling and laughing at the childlike fascination of those 2 f’s in giraffe, and the poet’s effect will be as clear as a sunny day on the savanna!

You and your kids will see the word giraffe exactly as the poet sees it and marvel at the discovery; to think that 2 letter f’s could bring so much fun to your day.

Remember, poetry is all about the WORDS, the syllables, the letters. The fun.  The sharing.  The “Oh, I get it!” feeling of language and words and syllables and, in this case, 2 letters that just happen to run through giraffe.

Kids love this poem.  Have fun with it, too!

LITERACY/LEARNING/READING are all about the words… Written, Spoken & Felt.  Once your child feels a poem, it’s never forgotten.

If you enjoyed this poem, you may also enjoy:

Fog, by Carl Sandburg

from Five Haiku, by Paul Eluard

Love is, by Nikki Giovanni

Temple Bell, by Yosa Buson

The Snail, by Richard Wright

Evening, by Sappho

The Red Wheelbarrow, by William Carlos William

The White Horse, by D. H. Lawrence

Dragonfly Catcher, by Chiyojo

OATH OF FRIENDSHIP, Anonymous, China, 1st century B.C.


SILLY SONG, by Federico Garcia Lorca

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