Over the holidays families often have a little more time together at home, and we hope if you have a young reader in your home you will spend some of that time reading and talking together.
Here’s a little fill-in-the-blanks poem that we hope you and your young reader will enjoy together. Read the poem aloud to your student and when you come to a blank – stop and ask your student to fill it in. Poems don’t have to rhyme, but rhyming can be fun.
After each blank we have suggested a rhyming word. Maybe your student will come up with a different one. The sillier the better!
The Neighbors’ Dog
Just as night was growing dark
I heard the neighbors’ poodle _______ [bark].
Like every night, he’s standing guard
outside the door in their back_____ [yard].
He doesn’t wander, doesn’t roam,
just waits and waits ‘til they come ________ [home].
And then they take him for a stroll.
He likes to run. He likes to ________ [roll].
His tail is up, his neck is bent,
his nose attends to every _______ [scent],
and when he’s had a good long roam,
he pulls his leash to hurry _______ [home].
I like that dog, his bark, his whine.
Sometimes I wish that he was _______ [mine].