Parent Conversation Guides
Memorize a Poem Together
“Committing meaningful words to mind is like taking training wheels off a bicycle,” says Cambridge Professor, Dr, Debbie Pullinger. “You may be a bit wobbly at first, but only then can you really feel the way the bike is moving over the surface; only then can you find your balance.”
Consider beginning with The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- How do you like to go up in a swing,
- Up in the air so blue?
- Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
- Ever a child can do!
- Up in the air and over the wall,
- Till I can see so wide,
- River and trees and cattle and all
- Over the countryside –
- Till I look down on the garden green,
- Down on the roof so brown –
- Up in the air I go flying again,
- Up in the air and down!
- You can lead, perhaps having your child finish key lines, like “Up in the air so ___” and “Ever a child can ___.” Eventually you can be responsible for longer sections.
- Do these words remind you of what swinging feels like? Do the word take you up and down?
- If your child has just experienced an “up and down” day, think about beginning the poem – and helping them connect to the up and down nature of life.