Meet Susan Day – grand-parenting expert

I fell in love with poetry as a child. I loved reading it and having it read to me. And as I got older I loved learning what the poems meant. Now I am a published poet. My guest today, Susan Day, an expert on grand-parenting and author of the soon to be released book, The Top 10 Things Happy Grandparents Never Regret Doing!, writes about how important it is to teach children to memorize, read aloud, and write poetry. Please  welcome Susan Day to Choices. The Importance of Teaching Children Poetry by Susan Day By studying poetry, memorizing and learning how to create poems, children can increase their language skills immensely. When studying poetry children are required to remember the words, and the rhythm or meter, in which the poem is meant to be said. This skill actually plays a powerful part on a child’s ability to learn and recall information from a wide range of subject areas. Sadly, many classrooms underestimated what an important learning tool poetry is. A poem might be … [Read more...]

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Some favorite writing quotes

I love to collect quotes. I regularly post some of my favorites about writing on my Facebook author page. Here are a few. "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anaïs Nin "You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." ~Ray Bradbury "I try to leave out the parts that people skip." ~Elmore Leonard "Never use the word, 'very.' It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn't mean anything. If you feel the urge of 'very' coming on, just write the word, 'damn,' in the place of 'very.' The editor will strike out the word, 'damn,' and you will have a good sentence." ~William Allen White "I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter." ~James Michener "The wastebasket is a writer's best friend." ~Isaac Bashevis Singer "Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." ~William Wordsworth "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton … [Read more...]

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