October 6, 2022

I Can Ask and I Can Learn | Take 5: Poetry Brain Breaks

Learn about culture and heritage through poetry and more!

Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, Co-Creators of Pomelo Books

Healthier Generation, Kohl’s Healthy at Home, and Pomelo Books have teamed up to bring students and families a special series of Poetry Brain Breaks. 

Are you curious to learn about other cultures and traditions?

Poetry is a great way to start! When we take the time to learn about cultural experiences different from our own, we can understand each other better and find ways to connect with our communities. In “I Can Ask and I Can Learn,” poet Janet Wong shares how she found ways to learn about the history of Hispanic and Latino farmworkers near her hometown in California. We hope this poem inspires you to listen and learn.

“I Can Ask and I Can Learn” is included in English and Spanish in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.

“I Can Ask and I Can Learn” by Janet Wong

Watch the read-aloud in English and Spanish!

Join in with students and the young people in your life to ask and learn about the world around them with our bundle of “I Can Ask and I Can Learn” resources and activities.

View "I Can Ask and I Can Learn" Bundle

Want to read more? Check out “Who Am I?” a poem about cultural identity in English and Spanish by Margarita Engle, and "Good Luck Gold," a poem in English and Chinese, by Janet Wong. Stay tuned for more Take 5: Poetry Brain Breaks!

Special thanks to our friends at Pomelo Books, publishers of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations and more! 

Discover family-friendly resources that support whole-child health at KohlsHealthyAtHome.org and Kohl's Healthy at Home en español.