We get to know each other first,
talk about books and reading
until some children are fit to burst,
they’re so keen to find out what I’m offering.
I take out a book and the child says ‘Easy!’,
explores the cover, reads the title, explains
what they think it’s all about, and then we
read the blurb and talk a bit again.
The child’s excitement reaches a peak,
it’s a book they haven’t seen before;
after reading the same old one all week,
at school and at home, they need more
than their regular fare, something with a twist,
some humour, adventures or magic spells,
with words from their vocabulary list
to demonstrate their budding skills.
There’s some struggling with split digraphs,
silent letters can be tricky too,
when a word has made us laugh
or the idea behind the story’s new.
But when the light bulb illuminates
above a reluctant reader’s head,
the pupil and I both celebrate
all the words they have just read.
Kim M. Russell, 4th September 2019
My response to Poets United Midweek Motif: Literacy
Susan reminds us that International Literacy Day is on 8th September and says that she doesn’t remember learning to read. I don’t either, but I do remember the magic of sitting in a corner reading a book, knowing what all the funny black marks on the paper meant and loving the escape into other worlds. While Susan volunteers with an adult literacy program, I listen to children aged 6-8 reading, and we have lots of fun. The schools I work with only went back today, so I haven’t been there since the end of July. I’m really looking forward to seeing the children again.
Our challenge this week is to write a new poem that addresses the flowering of literacy, an instance/element of how it is an entry ticket or a barrier.