Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We made an emergency stop in our travels around the world for St Patrick's Day and landed in Ireland. It took a long time to decide on the extension project, because my 9 year old craves autonomy in her choices. She rejected any projects related to leprechauns and rainbows as too boring, was tempted by Rube Goldberg leprechaun trap and potato launcher but could not make it happen and eventually settled on something that did not require too much time and prep - writing limericks.
Poetry Writing for Kids: Limerics

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What Are Limericks?

Limericks are appealing to kids, because they have easy to remember rhymes, are usually funny and sometimes "gross". They are usually associated with Ireland because Limerick is a town in Ireland. The rules of the limerick poems are as follows (courtesy of Your Dictionary): 
The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

Limericks Books

There are many delightful books for kids with limerick poems. See if your local public library has any of these:

Writing a Limerick

Smarty disappeared into her room and came back 5 minutes later with her first limerick. Yes, she typed it, because this is what they do in school - almost all their work in language arts is typed nowadays, not handwritten. I challenged her to do the second one more related to St. Patrick's Day or to Ireland, and she wrote the one in the lead image of this post.

Turning a Limerick into a Craft Project

Smarty is not a crafty girl and rarely has any interest in projects involving paper. However, she is always up for decorating her poems! She actually put a lot of effort into designing a frame for her limerick poem and making it into a lucky clover. Her final result reflects very well that we do not have a perfectionist here, but she was quite proud of her work :)
Poetry writing for kids: limerick poems

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Ticia said...

Her final project looks much like my children's final projects.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I should have poetry-loving Emma give this a go.