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Poetry in motion
A visit from a talented local poet spurred the children from Kidsfirst Karoro into creating their own wonderful word play to say thank you.
Renowned Greymouth poet and librarian Greg O’Connell visited the kindergarten to read stories and host a music session with the children. And he enjoyed his time there so much, he wrote a special limerick for the kindy, ‘Kororosaurus’. The unique rhyme went down a treat with the children, so with the help of their teachers, they wrote a limerick to send back to Greg.
Kidsfirst Karoro Head Teacher Alison Huddle said the children gained an incredible amount from the experience.
“The fun of the poetry and the music, you could see the sheer delight on their faces of working with him. One of his poems ‘Zoomtube’ is about the chute at the Greymouth Aquatic Centre, so the children loved hearing his clever words about something nearby that they know. It was wonderful to have a local person here with such great talent, and they really put a lot into their poem they wrote for him.”
And Greg says he had a blast at the kindergarten.
“Thanks to the parents and staff for such a warm, friendly welcome. We had great fun with pirate poems, games, and a pirate picture book. As a children's librarian, it was brilliant to see all the kids so keen and excited about language. Thumbs up, me hearties! Your roguish smiles made my day! And special thanks for sending me your wonderful, witty limerick which has pride of place on my notice board."
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
When Greymouth poet and librarian Greg O'Connell visited Kidsfirst Karoro he treated the children to a poetry and music session.
Enthused by his poetry the children wrote their own limerick especially for Greg.
There was a young man named Greg
Who was a pirate with a wooden leg
He sailed out to sea
For afternoon tea
But decided to go surfing instead.
Written by the children of Kidsfirst Karoro and teacher Raelene Johnson