Trial and error taught Lois that poetry works wonders for students learning to read. Short, snappy, and engaging poems help introduce them to be more comfortable with the written word. Most times, Lois starts with her own poems, and then has her students follow-up with a similar one. Together, they add illustrations that help them connect words with images. Below are some examples; feel free to use (and print) any for your own teaching.

Tip, Top, Tap
Tip, Top, Tap
Grandma bought a cat.
Did she buy an old cat?
Did she buy a wise cat?
No, she bought a big fat black cat!
Tip, Top, Tap.


Cat in the Hat
A cat in the hat, on a mat, with a rat and a bat.
Well fancy THAT!
Well, it is just NOT POSSIBLE!
There might be one scratched cat,


The Umbrella!
It's raining
Put up the umbrella
And get under.
It's raining.


Elijah: TWO of Most Things!
Elijah is not two years old.
But, Elijah has two eyes.
Elijah has two ears.
Elijah has two hands.
Elijah has two shoulders.
Elijah has two elbows.
Elijah has two knees.
Elijah has two feet.
Elijah has one nose and one mouth.
And Elijah is one fantastic reader.
-Elijah, age 6



A Shark at the Park
A shark goes to the park.
She wears a scarf of rainbow dots and spots.
She sees the trees and hits it with her knee.
She says, "That looks good to me!"
She opens her mouth and bites the tree bark and leaves a BIG MARK!
"Hey Shark," said the tree. "That hurt me!"
-Clair D, age 6


Will My Pet Get Wet?
Will my pet get wet?
I will not let him get wet.
I will tuck him in my vest
Where he will be close to my chest.

He is my little puppy pet
Who does not like to get wet yet.
He likes the warmth of my vest
As long as he does not scratch my chest.