I had an idea in the shower this morning (the place of many wonderful thoughts).
When I have kids I think I’m going to put a poem into their lunch box every day of the school year when they’re in elementary school in order to foster love of poetry.
One way to make this less cumbersome is to type up or photocopy 180 poems prior to the start of the school year. Cut them up and place them in an envelope (one envelope per each child you have). Then, every day when you make your child’s lunch, slip a poem into their lunch box. After school, perhaps you can discuss it with them.
If anyone tries this, let me know how it goes.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).