Our first graders were delightful as they shared and performed their poems before a packed audience of parents, friends, and teachers on December 21st. Each first grader selected, memorized, and recited a winter poem that captured the essence of the winter season. Our first graders also delighted the audience with singing songs sprinkled in between the recitation of their poems. Their performance was a fine example of an authentic and engaging experience that utilized underlying cognitive skills such a memory, confidence, motivation, and perseverance – all important to academic learning. However, to everyone on that day, it was pure joy and admiration as each first grader captured both poetry and song.