31 Days. 31 Flowers. Teaching kids about Lilacs!

31 Days. 31 Flowers.

Literature and legends bloom with FLOWERS, from lovely little nursery rhymes to sophisticated epic poetry.  Knowing the names of flowers, the references to flowers, the symbols of flowers, the language of flowers gives kids a blooming head start in understanding literature and enhancing literacy.

Each day in May, a FLOWER will be presented here at 31 Days.  31 Flowers31 Ways to engage your kids in literature, literacy and life in just a few moments a day.  Enjoy!

Teaching kids about Lilacs!

Early Lilac blossoms on beautiful May day…

The LILAC derives its name from the Spanish lilac, Arabic lilak, Persian lilak, a variant of nilak meaning “bluish,” and from the Persian words for indigo, lilah and lilanj.  The Lilac is a shrub, cultivated for its fragrant blossoms, which are known for their lovely violet color; but there are also white, pinkish, yellow and dark burgundy varieties of the Lilac blossom.

The genus name Syringa is derived from the Greek word syrinx, meaning a hollow tube or pipe.  The hollow tubes of the Lilac shrub were once used as pipes.

Lilac Festivals are held around the world to honor the blossom itself and the coming of spring.  The Lilac is the state flower of New Hampshire.  And Poets love the Lilac, immortalized by such poets as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Amy Lowell. A lovely poem to share with your children is this acrostic poem by contemporary American poet and former teacher, Elaine Magliaro:

Lilacs
by Elaine Magliaro

Little-petalled blossoms hang

In soft clusters of

Lavender lace

Adorning spring’s greenery,

Catching honeybees with

Sweet perfume.

The Lilac symbolizes EARLY LOVE and is associated with  beauty and pride; and the white Lilac blossoms symbolize youthful innocence.  The Lilac blooms in early spring and is heralded as a May Flower.

Let your kids in on the secrets of the Lilac, and maybe even write your own acrostic poem to celebrate the lovely Lilac.

31 Days. 31 Flowers. Teaching kids about Lilacs! was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by Sharon Couto
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  1. My parents had a huge lilac tree that was right outside the living room windows. I can smell them now as I did then when a light Spring breeze blew through the windows.

31 Days. 31 Flowers. Teaching kids about Lilacs! was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by Sharon Couto