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Six fun poems for at-home teaching, activities and a printable
April 29, 2020

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Image: Montage of children's faces.Text: 6 fabulous poems for kids to play with

In-house parlor games

The world may have slowed down and shut its doors but in so many ways creativity is blooming.

It seems as though the lock down has become an incubator. All those 'one-day-when-I-get-the-time' dreams have been given permission to come out to play.

Like you, I've seen songs, plays, readings, art work and spoofs of every flavor - good, bad and downright terrible. Yet all them are wonderful in their own way because they are proof of spirit, of our capacity to care and desire to communicate. To use the phrase I've heard over and over again, they let us know we are not alone.

In my last newsletter there was a link to a collection of tongue twister games the whole family could play which included a printable.

This time it's a link to a wonderful collection of classic poems. They're often referred to as being for kids. However they are for everybody: children of all ages! (People like me!)

These have sublime rhythms, superb language, and more than a whiff of irresistible absurdity.

Along with the poems, you'll find suggestions for performing them, audio (me reading them) and a printable for all six.

I would love to see and hear what you do with them. I'm imagining house variety shows, that are shared live with friends and family who are close yet, faraway.

There's 'Sneezles' by AA Milne, two of Shel Silverstein's 'WhatIfs' and 'Ickle Me, Pickle Me and Tickle Me too', 'On the Ning Nong Nang' by Spike Milligan, 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll, and 'The Owl and The Pussycat' by Edward Lear.

You can find them here: 6 fabulous poems for kids to play with.

40 picture prompts

Here's another resource those of you who are teaching at home might find useful.

It's a collection of 40 picture prompts to use as story or speech starters. Along with the image printable there's five speaking activities (solo and group) for you to play with.

40 picture prompts

PS. If a picture saves a thousand words, you've just been spared 40,000!

Speech rate

Do you speak too fast? Too slow? Or just right?

The speed you speak at becomes important when people listening to you find it difficult to follow what you're saying.

If you've found yourself either on the receiving end of comments about slowing down, or being asked to repeat what you've just said it could be time to check your speech rate.

There's two relatively simple ways to do that. You'll find them both, along with a test passage printable, on this page: Speech rate.


Where ever you are I hope you and yours are well. Stay safe, stay sane and stay put.

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Until next time,
Happy speaking,


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