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Day 53 - Honesty (creative ideas for home schooling)

For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!



Many children perceive honesty as just telling the truth, or not telling lies. The truth is, there is probably more to it that this. Perhaps an honest person would not do things that they knew were morally wrong - their conscience would guide them to doing the right thing. This fascinates me - is anyone truly honest?



  • Free verse poetry

In his poem, This Is Just to Say, William Carlos Williams apologises for something that he is, in fact, secretly glad that he did. In his poem, he apologises to someone (unknown) for eating the plums in the icebox, but the lines lack sincerity as he says, 'Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold.' You can read the poem here:

We began by reading the poem, which the boys loved, and then discussed all the things we could apologise for, such as eating things, breaking things, forgetting things, saying things, doing things, etc.

The boys were itching to get going so we all wrote at the same time and then enjoyed sharing our poems. Some ideas were real and personal (mine in particular - a real moment of honesty). The boys wrote some real and some surreal, but loved the idea of coming clean about a dark secret.


This Is Just to Say

This is just to say...

I popped it

It was driving me crazy

always in the way

bobbing about


unaware of the annoyance

it caused

the irritation

Forgive me

I know how

you enjoy to

hit it

flick it

bounce it

and constantly




I feel no remorse

I enjoyed it

plunging the knife in

and seeing

it explode

before my eyes

All that was left

was a withered

pathetic mess

the smugness was gone

I know you looked

high and low

I didn't tell you

I let the mystery


but now you know

and I am glad

© Jamie Thomas 2020


This Is Just to Say

This is just to say

it was me

I ate all the raspberries

and blueberries

they were tasty

This is just to say

it was me

I ate all the olives

they were too good to share

This is just to say

it was me

I took all the magazines

out of the shop

This is just to say

it was me

I left the baby

at the zoo

it just wouldn't

stop crying

so I left him there.

by Joshua


This Is Just to Say

This is just to say

I did it

it was me

I ate the refrigerator cake

it was tasty

and delicious

and yummy

it was definitely

too good

to share

This is just to say

I did it

it was me

I left the baby

at the lighthouse

but don't worry

I know where I left it

in front of the

old-looking lady

This is just to say

I did it

it was me

I ate all the blackberries

I said that Finley

ate them

but he didn't

and I'm not sorry

by Archie


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My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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