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Abecedarian Cupcake Lessons
Mary Lee Hahn

Baking dozens of
Cupcakes this week, Iíve learned a few Life Lessons:
Delight in the process as much as the product.
Each ingredient is as important as the next.
Forget about the clock,
Go with the flow,
Have fun.
Joyously (and cover your mistakes with frosting).
Keep working until the
Last bowl is clean and dry and back on the shelf.
Measure ingredients with precision, but do
Not forget that there are times when
Observation is more
Powerful than
Quantifiable amounts or
Tasting the frosting when buttercream becomes
Value your
Work enough to make the
eXtra effort worth the time
You put into the project. Be
Zealous, but never a zealot.
© by Mary Lee Hahn.
Used with the authorís permission.



Mary Lee Hahn lives in Columbus, Ohio, and has taught either fourth- or fifth-graders for nearly 30 years. She is the author of Reconsidering Read-Aloud (Stenhouse, 2002) and nearly a dozen articles for the Choice Literacy website.

Post New Comment:
it wasn't until the eXtra effort that I realized you were giving us an ABC... Well done
Posted 12/16/2012 05:04 PM
Wilda Morris:
"Cover your mistakes with frosting" is a wonderful line. But I don't see any mistakes in this clever poem.
Posted 12/15/2012 12:24 PM
Nicely done, Mary Lee! What a wise and tasty poem!
Posted 12/15/2012 09:13 AM
Well done!
Posted 12/15/2012 09:05 AM
Love this abecedarian! Especially Improvise/Joyously (and cover your mistakes with frosting). That just makes me want to make more mistakes:>)
Posted 12/15/2012 08:09 AM
I love this! I volunteer in an elementary school and have often shared my poems with the kids. I just might share YOURS with them this week!
Posted 12/15/2012 06:16 AM
very clever!
Posted 12/15/2012 04:55 AM

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