Free Poety Lessons: Spring Nature Poems as Song Lyrics

April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is the perfect venue to express the joy of spring. And spring it the ideal subject for poems. Why not take some of those poems and put them to music? Song lyrics are just poetry with some instruments and singing added. And music is sung poetry. In my years as a Montessori teacher, we explored all forms of poetry with all ages of children. No child is too young to write poetry. Little ones can dictate their writing and illustrate with their wonderful pictures. And no one is too old to write poetry, either! I've had the privilege to teach in senior centers and nursing homes. Creative writing was a new activity for many seniors who had usually been too busy to explore the creative arts. We had great fun exploring poetry! Get outside no matter what the weather. Bring your pen and paper or text-accessible device. You can even just speak your words into a recorder. Maybe you'll catch some birds singing in the background. You might want to add that to your poetry. Test out your verse with some notes. Let your lyrics guide you to melody that suits. Just try it! Free Poety Lessons: Spring Nature Poems

Students Suspended for Harlem Shake Video

At least 30 students at Milford High School in a metro Detroit suburb made the news for being suspended recently, reports the Detroit Free Press. Student suspensions are rarely newsworthy, as they're pretty standard procedure in most schools. So why the uproar over this incident? The reason is somewhat sordid -- male students uploaded racy videos of themselves air-grinding to the uber-popular "Harlem Shake." What's ironic, however, is the timing. A day earlier, Reuters Health reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) spoke out against suspensions as a form of school discipline.

A side note: I don't like the Harlem Shake--such a simplistic, repetive dance. Now the Conga, there was an blood pressure raiser! And some of us were pretty darn good at Conga-ing if I do say so myself. But seriously, is anyone seeing anything racier than Elvis, Prince, Michael, Adam Ant, heck the Charleston? Booty-shaking and dirty dancing are nothing new. Even those brain-freezingly tedious line dances get a little too close for comfort. BTW I had to use the word racy because one of my Yahoo! boys, "Nolan" made a point that I hadn't used that word in the piece. Like that's a good thing?! Racy is too good to waste. So here ya go, buddy! I might even throw in lascivious (if I can spell it)! Such nice scintillating descriptors... Detroit-Area Students Suspended for 'Harlem Shake' Video