I just added on the sidebar links to poems the kids are working on. Billy just started his poem last week. I love RLS. His poems for children truly capture the workings of a child's mind. They are fabulous and easy to memorize.
Fritz has been working on his poem for WEEKS. It's a tough poem. It has a tricky rhyme scheme which makes it harder to remember. I admit, it took me at least a week to get comfortable reading it, and although I have it memorized if I can go through it without stopping, I have a hard time starting halfway through.
But over these weeks, I've really grown to appreciate this poem. I'm glad it has taken so long for him to learn it, and I've really grown to appreciate the exercise of memorizing poetry in general. I've spent quite a bit of time comtemplating who the narrator is, what really happened to the dog and cat, and if the audience believes the narrator's story.
When I was in the 2nd and 3rd grades, I had to memorize a poem for school. I won my class's poetry contest and had to go on to compete in front of the entire school for 1st - 3rd grade champion. I won both times, had my picture in the paper - my 2 minutes of fame (alas, that was the end of it). I didn't think it was a big deal, but now I do. Memorizing poetry is a dying practice.