AMY YARBROUGH

As a long time Montessori school educator Amy developed her own program to teach poetry writing and appreciation. Upon her retirement from full-time teaching, she began to teach her poetry/writing program as a volunteer to several individual classes in an urban school, which she continues.

She believes that poetry is the creative exploration of language, and that it provides an exciting and expressive language element for all children. Poetry is important because it provides a space for the imagination where anything is possible. There are no mistakes to be made, and children play, write freely and then see what happens. By providing and structuring an atmosphere where few rules apply and flexibility is encouraged, students relax and have FUN (operative word) with images and words. They use language to “paint pictures with words”.