It is the first day of Spring. It is the vernal equinox – the sun is crossing over the equator and moving north to warm our bones and bring us greens, reds, yellows and other colors to brighten the days. The cold is moving out and your can feel the trees stretching as they awake to the longer days and heat of the sun.
This turn towards spring starts new growth and I love that it brings us April which is poetry month. There is so much fun growth for students at this time. The change of seasons brings new smells, sights, sounds and feelings. All the right ingredients for writing poetry.
The testing season is also upon us as well but for me it only means a great time to work on poetry. Reading short poems when time is crunched by testing schedules. Gathering ideas while on short walks during testing breaks. Curling up with writing journals after a long day of pushing through a reading or math test is just the perfect way to relax and let your mind wonder.
I loved that as I left a school building today with my daughter her mind was not on the tests that were looming large for her 3rd graders. It was not on the wild unfocused behavior that some of her kids showed today as they finished their non fictions reports and made books. Her thoughts had turn to April – to poetry and the joy of spring writing.
Happy First Day of Spring!