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May 25, 2021 | Melia McHugh

The Second Grade is completing a unit on Poetry this week. They spent several weeks reading, listening to, and writing their own poems. There were many poetry books available for them to read during DEAR or in reading groups. Many children challenged themselves to memorize poems that they read and were very excited to recite the poem to the class. Others found poems that they enjoyed and read them aloud for their classmates to hear.

Children enjoyed learned about poems and wrote their own rhyming poems, riddles, haiku, acrostics, alliteration, and picture poems. Ask your child which of these types of poems were their favorite to write.


A Forests Class student enjoyed the play on words for the title of a collection called “Poetrees” and made a connection to the “Giant Sequoias” poem. He read it twice for us.


The Forests class memorized two poems written by Shel Silverstein. The students focused on timing and performance when reciting them. The Meadows class students each memorized a poem of their choice and recited it to the class.


                      Students were excited when Ms. Mauldin read a haiku, by Kobayashi Issa, to them after Music class one day.


On a virtual day, a small reading group took on the challenge of writing a collaborative poem that has alliteration and a haiku.

One student was able to write an acrostic poem (DOG) that is also a haiku (5-7-5 syllables)!


Both classes really enjoyed writing a picture poem. The students chose a topic to write about and then wrote the poem in the shape of what they wrote about. The poems pictures are about a dog and the sun.

Melia McHugh

Teacher, Grade 2 Forests Class

Melia McHugh first started working with young children at a private school that cared for children from infancy through third grade while in her early teens. She enjoyed her experience working with all age groups, especially her time during college when she taught arts and crafts to kindergarten through third grade students during the summer camp season. After completing a degree in Anthropology and working as a trainer in the Human Resources industry, Ms. McHugh returned to her first passion and got a degree to teach and work with children again. After seven years of teaching high school social studies, Ms. McHugh decided to stay home with her two children.

Ms. McHugh and her husband discovered Mustard Seed School when it was time for their oldest son to enter kindergarten. Soon after he started school, she started to substitute teach at Mustard Seed and later worked part-time in the Nest and as a maternity leave replacement in grades four and five. Ms. McHugh enjoys watching every child, including two of her sons, thrive in the community and environment that Mustard Seed excels at providing for each and every student. When not at work, Ms. McHugh enjoys spending time at the beach or outdoors with her husband and three sons. Ms. McHugh also loves history, reading, and resting.

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