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The Poem Farm: Shell Teeth - The Private Eye | growing poetry and lessons for all ages... This poem could be used to teach children to write from drawing or to teach children about metaphor - mini lessons are always included at The Poem Farm, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's ad-free, searchable blog full of hundreds of poems, poem mini lessons, and poetry ideas for home and classroom - www.poemfarm.amylv.com

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Rhyming has long been used as a tool to teach and delight children. In fact, the Center For Early Literacy Learning found that in 12 studies of 5,299 preschoolers, "young children’s ability to recite familiar nursery rhymes was both directly and indirectly related to later literacy and language abilities." How do you use rhymes in your classroom?

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What are you doing right now?... Counting Down to Christmas and remembering how magical it can be. Being a child during Christmas and believing anything is possible. Relax and don't forget to laugh this Christmas! :)

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Dream your Dreams ~ Inspirational Poem for Children/Dreamers

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Poetry & Structure: Falling in Love… and Holding it Together — A Guest Blog Post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Me: As long as I live I shall always be me Myself and no other, Just me. Like a tree. Willow, elder, Aspen, thorn, Or cypress forlorn. Like a flower, For it's hour Primrose or pink, Or a violet Sunned by the sun, And with dewdrops wet. Always just me. ~Walter de la Mare

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