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09 Nov, 2011

Stealth poetry project: Just a Slug

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

It’s been awhile, but do you remember the Stealth Poetry Project? (It was first discussed here, and you can read past poems here.) To summarize: I dig up a kid-friendly poem, print it out, and display it in a high-traffic area here at home. The goal is to make poetry “top of mind” without it turning […]

23 Feb, 2011

Stealth poetry project: Fred, the Vegetarian Vampire

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

Remember our Stealth poetry project (first written about here) … in which I fastened a poem to the back of our front door in an effort to keep poetry alive in our hearts and minds? Well, I have a new one to share with you today. Emma actually reminded me of this poem and asked […]

30 Nov, 2010

Gifting books to children

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry|Easy ways to make kids happy

Do you inscribe the books you give, plus, a wee poem.

02 Mar, 2010

Stealth poetry project: The Story of Fidgety Philip

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

This is the stealth poetry project. It was first discussed here. How it works: I dig up a kid-friendly poem, print it out, and fasten it to the back of our front door (although a fridge would come in handy for this purpose as well)! The goal here is to make poetry “top of mind” without […]

Remember when I fastened a poem to the back of our front door? It’s part of my goal to keep poetry in our hearts and minds. Well, Emma requested a new poem for the door and I’ve printed one out. It’s posted below. Say it loud with your kids, then whisper it softly. Read it […]


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