Poetry Friday: A Valentine Retrospective

Join us today with Jone for Poetry Friday!

What a week! And it’s not even over yet. Wednesday marked the 100th day of kindergarten, and of course the very next day was Valentine’s Day. Talk about a 1-2 punch! Honestly though, I have a group of terrific kindergartners who can really roll with a change of pace when it comes to special days, so we ventured into a couple of days outside the usual routine and celebrated both days with gusto. We still read, wrote, and explored math learning, but with a more focused lens on each of the celebratory days.

My friend Margaret is my poetry mentor and biggest cheerleader. Her post earlier this week on writing skinny poems has inspired me to try one myself, using the metaphor dice I recently ordered. If you don’t have a set of these yet, I encourage you to check them out. They are a lot of fun!

I knew I wanted to use the word LOVE for my concept, so I purposely only rolled the adjective & object. The dice gave me SILENT and ZOO. No two words could be more in opposition of what Valentine’s Day looks like in a kindergarten classroom! Consequently, my metaphor read:

Love was not a silent zoo

I do wish to clarify my use of the word zoo in describing my classroom – one definition of the word zoo reads: a situation characterized by confusion and disorder. Was there confusion among my little friends? Did we see a little disorder in our day? Imagine what 18 kindergartners delivering their Valentines might look like in the room….. confusion?…yup. Disorderly?…absolutely. But full of excitement?…100%! For many of my students this was their very first Valentine’s Day in a classroom, and because of that, the disorderly confusion was embraced!

13 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A Valentine Retrospective

  1. Alice Nine says:

    What fun! Special days must be “celebrated … with gusto.” You did very well using what the dice gave you to create a wonderful skinny. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. maryleehahn says:

    My fifth grade zoo was not silent, either. This is their LAST Valentines Day in a classroom, so we do it up right with a contest for the most creative Valentine boxes. We had some amazing ones this year, including two (TWO) vending machines — one with lights and one with buttons to push and a slot to deliver the candy requested.


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