Friday, August 28, 2015

Proud aunt, graduation poem and amazing

 Photo from Rising Song Preschool website

Several years ago, my niece and her business partner opened their own preschool in Portland, Oregon, and now have two locations.  It's just the most lovely thing to me that it has been such a success.  And they are amazing teachers.  My niece posted this on facebook over the weekend:

"We graduated five sweet friends from our preschool yesterday. They collaborated on this amazing poem. It's pretty much the best teacher gift I could ever receive: a window into a child's experience."

At Rising Song

When I’m at Rising Song, I’m playful
I like running in the garden by the maple tree
I make inventions
I play pirates
I solve problems
I run to the swing
I make a family

In Fall I hear the fire trucks outside
We make a pile of leaves
I lie down on the ground and you cover me
and I am a pile of leaves

I taste fava bean leaves, tomatoes

In winter I like the maple tree
Drawing at the table
I like it when the trees are brown and bare
When the rain makes a river
so we can watch it and build it
into a zigzag line

I taste the goodbye of fall

In Spring I like to be in the sandbox
The sun is coming and the rains are slowly
going away
When spring comes I turn into a fairy—guess who I am?
I taste a bright red strawberry
I’m the tulip fairy and I fly away

In summer
one road of bamboo, one big road of strawberries
honeysuckle blooms
I like the cool areas by the sliding door
when the ferns popped up
through the porch as curly as the curliest hair

Already I miss the garden wizard

I taste sorrel, raspberries,
crispy apple slices, wood

I dance around—what am I thinking?

I like it when I think about Rising Song
it smells sweet as Asian pear

It smells like coconut and strawberries
like the sunflowers in the sunflower circle


This song – when Seth is building, when Seth
is working on the bus, he listens to music—
that is my best song!

This song –
Engine engine number 9 – that is my favorite song!

Song? Let me tell you a joke
That is my best sound!

For the golden corn and the apples on the tree –
That is my best song!

Laughing reminds me of my friends –
that is my favorite song!

This makes me want to go to school there!  How wonderful and amazing it must be.  Have a wonderful weekend, my friends - if I can ever get my photos downloaded from my phone, I'll post about my trip to Pensacola.  :)  Cheers!


Elephant's Child said...

What a glorious poem.
I particularly like the line 'I make a family'...

Fireblossom said...

Yes! I want to go to school there, too!

By the way, you're totally my hero now. I was so excited last night to think that i finally get to see Emmylou sing in person, that i couldn't sleep!

Lynn said...

I'm delighted for you, FB!

Lynn said...

It is glorious! Thank you.

Sparkling Red said...

Wonderful! Where do I sign up to attend? ;-)

Lee said...

How wonderful! And what a beautiful poem...and thoughts behind it...equally a beautiful. :)

Riot Kitty said...

Come visit them - and me! ;)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Great job on writing this for the school- you must be so proud of your niece.
Lots of warm fuzzies reading this- thanks