Visiting Poet Ted Scheu Gets Kids Laughing, Learning and Creating Together
Children’s poet Ted Scheu spent a day at New Canaan Country School on April 10, sharing the “magic” of poetry with students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Throughout the day, the sounds of children’s laughter, singing and enthusiastic participation wafted from the Lower School library.
“A good rhyming poem has three things: rhyme, rhythm and a message,” Mr. Scheu told the students, “but they can be funny and silly.”
Mr. Scheu, a Vermont-based writer, is the author of Getting the Best of Me – 90 Favorite School & Family Poems, I Froze My Mother and Other Seriously Funny Family Poems, I Tickled My Teachers - 58 Hilariously ‘Heartful’ School Poems, I Threw My Brother Out – A Home Run of Funny Sports Poems, Now I Know My ZBCs! - 59 School Poems for Young Gigglers and Someday I’ll Be a Teacher and has a poem included in the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry.
Mr. Scheu read, and even sang, several of his own poems, and led students in collaborative exercises that encouraged them to find their own voices, boost their confidence and inspired them to have fun while expressing themselves creatively. He spent a full day on campus, attending an assembly, leading workshops with each Lower School grade and wrapping up with lunch with a small group of third and fourth graders.
The visit was a wonderful way to celebrate National Poetry Month at Country School!