"Summer Solstice" is a very short form of poetry known as haiku (sounds like "hi-coo").
Haiku originated in the country of Japan.
Today, haiku is written in many different languages with most haiku poets living in English-speaking countries.
There are several styles of haiku.
The most common haiku style contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Traditionally, haiku poetry was written about nature. But all that has changed. Haiku written today can be about anything!
Can you think of a haiku poem to write? Challenge yourself and your family to see who can come up with the best haiku poem!
You could also start a family collection of haiku poems and read then aloud once per year at your very own family "haiku" party.
After you make up your first haiku poem, you'll be thinking about your second poem, third poem...THEN you'll be off to the haiku races!
On June 20th or 21st, the Summer Solstice takes place in the northern hemisphere.
The summer solstice is also known as the "First Day of Summer" and to most people, it signals warmer weather and longer days!
There are so many ways to celebrate and enjoy the long summer days and warm summer nights this time of year...
...Camping in the woods, splashing at the beach, swinging at the park, traveling with the family, and just relaxing under the shade of a friendly tree are just a few ways you can spend a summer day!
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