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Thursday, March 11, 2010

First Language Lessons ~ Poem Printables


Going into last year homeschool convention I had no intention of changing my language curriculum that I was using with the girls.


After wandering the vendor halls for hours, sitting in on a session by Jessie Wise, and then thumbing through the book repeatedly I took the plunge and bought First Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind {Level 1 & 2} to use during the upcoming school year with our girls {who are 2nd and 3rd grade}.

The verdict after over half of the school year? We are loving it! This 6” x 9” book has found a permanent spot on our shelves and will definitely be used with our boys in the years to come.  Because we’ve enjoyed the first book so much, I’ve already ordered Level 3 & 4 to use.

First Language Lessons {Level 1 & 2} contains two years of lessons {100 lessons per year} that are simple and completed orally with your child. Each lesson takes between 5 to 15 minutes, so there were days when we completed more than one lesson. 

Throughout both of the first two levels there are poems for children to memorize. To make it a little more fun, I made some poem printables to go along with our lessons.

image Click on the graphic to go to the download page

When we’re finished learning a poem, the girls put a copy of them into a folder to refer back to later. They have also been helpful to use for copywork exercises. Each one is 8 1/2” x 11”. Here’s a list of the poems included in the printables:

  • “The Caterpillar”  by Christina G. Rossetti
  • “Work” by Anonymous
  • “Hearts Are Like Doors” by Anonymous
  • “Days of the Week”  ~ Mother Goose rhyme
    adapted by                                                 
    Sara Buffington
  • “The Months” a Mother Goose rhyme
  • “Mr. Nobody” by Anonymous
  • “The Goops” by Gelett Burgess
  • “The Year” by Sara Coleridge, adapted by
    Sara Buffington
  • “The Little Bird” a Mother Goose rhyme
  • “All Things Beautiful” by Cecil Alexander

Hope these help you out with your language studies!

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  • Jolanthe, we are using the same curriculum Level 4, and it is fabulous. Although my daughter is in 4th grade, I think we easily could've used level 3 rather than level 4. It's very thorough, but we love it. It is helping tremendously. Question about Level son is supposed to be going into grade 2 but he's a fabulous reader, and so we have him doing 2nd grade this year....will the level 2 be too simple for him? What are your thoughts?

    By Blogger Kathy, At March 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM  


    We are reading Mr. Nobody right now!

    By Blogger Unknown, At March 11, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

  • You are so cool!!! I will be starting round two of FLL next year with my youngest daughter and this will be great!! THANK YOU!!

    By Blogger Amber, At March 11, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

  • I LOVE this book too! I wish I would have had it for my sons! Thanks for sharing your printables!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

  • Thank You SOOO MUCH! I am using Fll 1 & 2. I will be using these poems. I need to purchase 3 and 4 for next year. Love your blog!!!

    By Anonymous Betty, At March 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

  • Wow! These are really great, Jolanthe! I printed them out on the back of 3X5 index cards. Thank you!!!

    By Blogger PBJHomeschool, At March 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM  

  • Thank you for taking the time to do this, and for sharing with us.

    By Blogger Working Through, At March 11, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

  • Bless you! I LOVE this, we LOVE this book too, what a gift. I was so excited about seeing this, my kids were like, what? I'm like, just drooling over curriculum stuff! Thank you!


    By Anonymous Angela, At March 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

  • Aw! I wish your kids were a little older than mine. We'd have loved those printables when we did FLL, which we loved, too. Very nice!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

  • Thank you so much for these!! This is perfect!

    By Anonymous Heather K, At March 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

  • Thank you so much! These are terrific. We had kind of stalled using FLL 1&2; not because I didn't like it, but because the lessons are so short that sometimes it gets pushed to the "next day" list. I should have been thinking like you on this one: because they're so short, do more than one!! Thanks again!

    By Anonymous Jana, At March 11, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the printables! I am using FLL 1&2 with my 2nd grader ~ and we love it. We have covered so much material in our short 15min lessons(at the most) ~ and I especially love the poetry memorization.

    I was just contemplating whether I wanted to continue on to Level 3 next year...and I think that I will (based on what other commenters have said).

    By Blogger Wendi, At March 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

  • This looks great, I'll have to look into it!

    By Blogger Ticia, At March 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

  • wow. thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger Alycia in Va., At March 11, 2010 at 5:09 PM  

  • Thanks for doing this! We just started using this book too. Love that you made pages to go along!

    By Blogger cooperkelly4, At March 11, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

  • Just wonderful, I can't thank you enough. Lovely work. karen
    Sippy Cup Central Mom

    By Blogger Sippy Cup Central, At March 11, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

  • Thanks for sharing your poem printables! I bought this hoping to start with my first grader in the fall. I am glad to hear such good things about it.

    By Blogger Maxine, At March 12, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

  • So happy for you.
    We love that little "first language lessons" book. I'm glad you took the plunge. I'm thankful we did. Happy learning!

    By Blogger MO, At March 12, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

  • Thanks Jolanthe! I did FLL with my teens years ago and am now doing git again with my 7 year old. I just started typing up the poems as we went along. I keep them in an old 4x6 album that - the kind that you used to get for free when you had your film developed. Anyway, thanks for saving me the trouble of typing the remainder up and finding all the appropriate clip art.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 12, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

  • I love these printables!! My older daughter finished FLL last year and now my younger girlie is working through it and we love reciting the poems. I hope you might consider doing the poem printables for Level 3 soon before it's too late for us. Aren't I greedy :)! Thank you!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 13, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

  • Thank you for your generosity, as always. These freebies are done with excellence! (I'll be linking eventually on my Homeschool Poetry lens.)

    I was thinking, you could print these small and make flashcards. Laminate, put them on a ring, and take them with you to review.

    By Blogger Unknown, At March 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

  • Many Thanks!! You did an awesome job and I LOVE your blog! We use FLL too and also enjoy the short lessons. I just printed the poems and thought you might want to know you included the Monday, Mommy baked a cake poem by Jessie Wise instead of "The Months" poem.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

  • Thank you so much for doing this post! I am trying to figure out which curriculum to check out, and this looks great!

    By Blogger Erin, At March 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

  • Not sure why it didn't show up, but I uploaded the file again and the Months poem is now included in it! :)


    By Blogger Jolanthe, At March 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

  • Thank you so much!! I am going to be starting this with my oldest daughter soon! These will be great, and I am so glad to hear that y'all have enjoyed it! I am loving your calendar ideas for preschool too! Thanks for generously sharing all of your wonderful resources!

    By Blogger DairyQueen, At March 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

  • Hi, this is Justin from Peace Hill Press. We love these printables! We'll be mentioning them on our Twitter and Facebook pages today, and directing folks to your site. Thank you for sharing them!

    By Blogger Justin, At May 11, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

  • These are wonderful! I'll be using FLL with my youngest two next year, so the printables will be very useful. Thank you!

    By Blogger Denise Klop, At May 11, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

  • Wow! Thank you!

    By Blogger Urban Mom, At May 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

  • I just printed these and plan to use them this year. I also linked to you in my blog because I thought others would enjoy them as well. Your site is such a blessing! Thank you!

    By Blogger Mary Prather, At July 13, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

  • Thank you for these - I am using them in our homeschool this year! I have linked to you in my blog, so I hope others can use them as well.

    Your site is such a blessing! Thank you!

    By Anonymous Mary, At July 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

  • I have a 7 year old with Autism spectrum disorder...I used Scott Foresman with my daughter but I think a traditional lang program may be too much for him..what are your thoughts

    By Blogger Becky, At July 13, 2010 at 6:42 PM  

  • Hi, I would love a copy of these, they look so wonderful. I have tried to download them several times but I get a message saying that the file is corrupt. Is there any chance you could email a copy to me.
    Thank you so much.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 18, 2010 at 6:58 AM  

  • Thank you so much! We just started the first year and I had been thinking of doing something similar. It's so nice that I don't have to reinvent the wheel!

    By Blogger Amanda, At July 21, 2010 at 1:31 AM  

  • I'm so thankful for all the work you put into this for us! I typed in Poems from First Language Lessons and your site came up. Printed it out and laminated them. You are awesome! Thank you!!!

    By Blogger lisa, At August 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM  

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