Word Play

Let’s teach our kids to play with words.  Sure, science, technology, engineering and mathematics are important.  So are the humanities.

Creativity is a muscle.  We should teach our kids to exercise it, and we should help them build their muscle memory.  As adults, we must keep our creative muscle in shape, or we’ll lose it.  In any field, creativity is the engine of growth.  Let’s foster creativity.

Who’s more creative than Shel Silverstein, the ultimate word player?

It’s Dark in Here

By Shel Silverstein

I am writing these poems
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion’s cage
I’m afraid I got too near.
And I’m writing these lines
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.

Isn’t that poem playful?  The next one isn’t a lesson in proper English, but it shows us how to play with words, voice and imagery:

My Beard

By Shel Silverstein

My beard grows to my toes,
I never wears no clothes,
I wraps my hair
Around my bare,
And down the road I goes.

No matter what our kids do as adults, they must learn to communicate effectively.  They must know how to use words – and the first step is to play with them.  April is National Poetry Month.  Let’s play with words!

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5 thoughts on “Word Play

  1. bradbatt

    Love that you are blogging — was good to start seeing your name pop up on Facebook!

    Hope all is well with you and the family and good luck with your sabbatical!

    Reply
  2. bradbatt

    Love that you are blogging — was good to see your name pop up on Facebook!

    Hope that you and the family are doing well — and good luck with your sabbatical!

    Reply
  3. Pingback: A Poem a Day for National Poetry Month | The Arkside of Thought

  4. Melissa Averitt

    Ali, one of my first books ever was “A Light in the Attic” and I have handed them down to my little ones. Love Shel Silverstein! xoxo

    Reply

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