Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On Poetry and Book Reports

The 3rd and 4th graders at Doodle's school give monthly oral presentations, alternating between giving book reports and reciting memorized poetry. The teachers are kind enough to make this chaotic/short month a poetry one, so next week Doodle will be presenting "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. Last night we went on You Tube and found an audio recording of Robert Frost reading the poem. This simple but haunting poem has always been one of my favorites.

Doodle literally "rocked" her book report presentation last month, earning an A+ (one of only two in her class) for her nonfiction report on rocks and gems. January's book report is an autobiography. At last report, Doodle is planning to start reading Jane Goodall's My Life with the Chimpanzees over the holiday break. I'm glad Doodle's school puts emphasis on oral presentations at an early age. She'll be thankful for all the practice when she's out in the business world.

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