Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quoting Poetry..

The boys have been dutifully working away on the Gingham Dog & The Calico Cat (The Duel) by Eugene Field. They finished off the last of the first stanza today and Jayden was immensely proud of himself so we videoed him. The quality is poor as our video camera's battery was flat so you'll have to settle for a mobile phone video... 

He realized after saying it that he'd left off part of a line (T'was half past 12) and so he wanted to be videoed a second time saying it all the way. He's a tad sillier in the second one, which is normal when a video camera is rolling around here, but he manages the missing piece quite well.

Of course we couldn't leave Morgan out, but as The Duel had all ready been said, he decided to say Prairie Flower. Prairie Flower is a poem they learned for Father's Day, which might make no sense to some, but made perfect sense to us. After all, Grandpa taught it to Mr S, thus Mr S has passed it on to our children. And yes, that's Jayden "Bravoing" his brother.. it lasted for an entire two minutes!

Notes: Oddly enough, when the boys say these during our Memory Box time I've had to ask them to slow down so I could hear them. The lines to both poems are:

The Duel

The gingham dog & the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half past twelve and (what do you think?)
Nor one nor t' other had slept a wink.
The Old Dutch Clock and the Chinese Plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese Plate.)

Prairie Flower

I'm a little a prairie flower
growing wilder by the hour.
No one cares to cultivate me
Im as wild as wild can be!


Renelle said...

Gorgeous. We have hardly done any recitation but after that I think my ds8 would love to see himself recite something. You have clever boys!!

Tracey said...

They did a great job and they are both really cute!