The heat is hotting up like mad,
my sweaty socks are squishin’,
so until September comes again
Yup, I’ve got some projects and blog improvements and poetry videos and lounging on the beach that I’d like to dedicate some time to, so I am saying so long for a spell. Although I may pop in now and again, I won’t return to my regular scheduled programming until September 3.
But I would never leave you without a poem, especially on Poetry Friday! So in honor of my need for more time to hug some trees and talk to the animals, I’m sharing with you one of the poems I wrote for Lizard Lou. I hope you enjoy this little preschool ditty about filling your life with neighing, squawking, mooing, baaing, oinking friends.
Then head over to Tara’s place at A Teaching Life for the rest of the Poetry Friday roundup!
I’d Like to Have a Little Yard
I’d like to have a little yard,
something very small,
just big enough to put a horse
and a cozy little stall.
I’d get a goat to put inside
to keep him company,
and they could neigh and bleat all day
in perfect harmony.
We’d need a goose to put in there,
a bunny rabbit, too.
And maybe just one other thing…
a thing that might say “Moo.”
With all of us together there,
I think we’d have a ball.
Perhaps that little yard I’d like
won’t be so small at all.
Extension Activities: “I’d Like to Have a Little Yard”
- Write a poem about what would happen if you found your yard full of _________
- Write a poem about your favorite animal
- Reading: Here are some wonderful farm (and other) animal-themed books:
- Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud by Charles Ghigna
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
- Hogwash by Karma Wilson
- Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
- Chicken Big by Keith Graves
- Arts and crafts:
- Lots of barnyard arts and crafts at Artists Helping Children, Family Fun, and DLTK Kids
- In the kitchen:
See you in September!
Video Location: Cicada territory, Tuscan hillside, Italy.See more poems in my poetry video library. “I’d Like to Have a Little Yard” by Renée LaTulippe. Licensed by All About Learning Press, Inc. Copyright © 2010, 2012 All About Learning Press, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this material may be copied, retransmitted, reposted, duplicated, or otherwise used without the express written approval of All About Learning Press, Inc.
LOL. Have a great break! Enjoy your time talking to the animals.
What a lovely poem, and the hills and valleys of Italy behind you- bellissimo! Have a wonderful break, Renee! I will be unplugging in August as well. See you in September ! Xox
Happy Fishing, my friend! 😉 Life on the river is good……… 😉
What a sweet poem! I’ve had a yard with a horse and a goat and chickens… busy busy! Enjoy your break, and know that you will be missed, my friend! xo
The heat had been “hottin’ up like mad” around here, too. Enjoy your break.
What a wonderful poem, and your reading of it, Renee! Happy re-energizing time. (Your post makes me miss the years we had with a small farm – horses, little goats, the wild bunny or two – well, we still have those even in the city limits.) Neighing, maaa-ing and flapping good wishes your way…. See you in a few weeks. :0)
Lovely poem, especially the reading. I could see the yard growing.. Enjoy your break.
I love the poem! That is exactly the yard I want – although I might stop at the horse (s) and goats 🙂 Enjoy your blog-free time and see you in September!
Fry up a tale about ‘The One That Got Away’ during your fishing trip and ENJOY!
Well deserved, to have some respite with your family.
What a beautiful goodbye poem, Renee. Your well-thought-out videos, your astounding wit, your quirky poems would be deeply missed. Enjoy your vacation!
Wait… You won’t catch any live fish! Your river has no water! 😉 Have fun! I love your poem!
Nice little barnyard zoo!
But don’t forget the cockadoodledoo
To harmonize with what goes moo!
Enjoy your time!
Enjoy the rest of your summer, Renee! See you in September.
Have a lovely break, Renee! And thank you for the delightful vision you have left us with for now: a perfect yard.
Erik made me laugh. Hope you have a fun break! Sounds like you have great things in store.
Love the poem….very Renee! Have a good break!
I love this poem, Renee! I think you’ve got the beginnings of an awesome picture book! If I were you, I’d make it a bit longer and submit it!!
Enjoy your time away – see you in September!!
Hi, Renee. I hope you’re enjoying your time off! Your post reminded me of my dear friend Lisa, who has recently added a beautiful horse and a set of six chickens to her suburban farm. It’s a joy to visit her and the animals.