JMJ *Limericks are so fun, quirky and goofy to write! Rather nonsensical, they may have originated in the city or county of Limerick, Ireland. Nobody knows for certain. There are a few things to keep in mind as you write your own limerick.
Ring the School Bell 127
After mending some of the items I had previously left on the coffee table a few days back when I was clearing out my closet, I watched an art appreciation lesson with Sabrina. It is a 32-video course which I am taking alongside her, literally from my comfortable seat on the couch right next to her. Being my first time analyzing and categorizing art into different periods, it is utterly fascinating. I love being able to take a subject or two and study it in depth with my homeys, aka my girls. It’s a real fun way of connecting and learning together, and humbles me in the sense that it makes me realize how very little I know.
Sarah and I reviewed grammatical errors in her work, not quite as enjoyable as appreciating art, but rather necessary. When all academics were completed for the day, Melissa, rather clever about fixing stuff, assisted me in repairing the blinds in the den. This was a long-overdue endeavor, and I had decided it was finally time to do something about it. The “fix-it” fairies just were not going to show up, ever, to help me accomplish this. My real-life fairy, Melissa, figured out within minutes, that we needed to rethread the chain on the vertical blinds. All that waiting for something that could be fixed in a few minutes? Why do I get so intimidated by broken things around the house? Yahoo Melissa! On a roll, we decided to see about fixing Sabrina’s honeycomb blinds in her bedroom. The trickiest part was removing the blinds from the wall. Finally, we pulled the cord to test it and it completely snapped off. Boohoo! It was just an old frayed cord, which dated back to when Sabrina was a baby, and it’s time was up. The good news is I found the same continuous cord loop to buy on the internet so in a matter of weeks this project will be complete, as soon as it arrives in the mail. Hurray for handymom and her littlest fairy Melissa!
Okay, you can laugh, I know that St. Patrick’s Day has passed, but we kind of missed it this year, and decided to celebrate it later. Why not, right? We invited friends over on a Wednesday evening, and enjoyed a double batch of Irish Stew, soda bread, green-tinted 7up, and, of course, lime jello. We also recited Irish toasts and blessings, and played around with limericks too!
How to write an Irish Limerick
Limericks are so fun, quirky and goofy to write! Rather nonsensical, they may have originated in the city or county of Limerick, Ireland. Nobody knows for certain. Here is what you need to keep in mind as you write your own limerick or teach your kids how to do so:
- There are 5 lines of text.
- Lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme together. Lines 3 and 4 rhyme separately. (The AABBA poetry pattern)
- The first line sets up the character and the setting.
- A bouncy rhythm is the name of the game. Many children’s nursery rhymes, I have just learned, are limericks! Think Hickory Dickory Dock.
- The first two lines have 8 beats, the third and the fourth have 6 beats, and the last line has 8 beats. (If you count the beats below, I am technically a little off, but I think it still works!)
Printable Version Here:
A Limerick, Homeschool-Style
by Annette Marie Termini
There was a mom from a charter
She worked so hard as a martyr
Day and night she toiled ever
But would never consider
Another job for to barter
I also penned an Irish Blessing for my dear colleagues in life, Homeschool-Style, of course!
An Irish Blessing for You, Homeschool-Style
by Annette Marie Termini
May you Always be Blessed,
With Friends at your side,
With Polite Little Squirts,
And a Park Day for you Lest you Tire,
Coffee to Wake You,
Math That Won’t Daze You,
And the energy
That you Require
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette