"Sweet obese water beast…”
Hello Ridiculous Readers!
Before I introduce this week’s poem I’d like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful EAs who came to my session with the amazing Samantha Hughes at The West Australian Association of Teacher Assistants Conference this past Saturday! Welcome to the newsletter. J
This week's read-aloud poem is about a little girl who desperately tries to stop her brother, sister and the family baby to STOP playing music in the house. If the music doesn’t stop…
Oh please no…
Boom. Boom. Boom.
Sweet obese water beast…
HIPPOPOTERINA IN THE ROOM!
Themes of personal responsibility can be explored in this piece. Older children may be able to identify that the Hippopoterina is just an imaginary scapegoat for the lead character’s destructive dance habits. Discuss how the mum isn’t mean at all when she makes the little girl clean up the debris left by her dancing routines — it’s what should be expected of someone who makes a mess of things!
"Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.”
- William Butler Yeats
I touched a little on this subject last newsletter, but I’ll say it more explicitly now:
As educators and caregivers, it is our obligation and privilege to guide our children towards finding a desire to read. Not forcing them to read.
It’s a subtle art and it’s hard work. It means taking a proactive interest in the lives of your children and their families.
Teachers — I recommend the following if you wish to inspire a hesitant reader:
Have an incredible week and remember to love what you do because it takes enthusiasm to breed enthusiasm. J