Poetry – love it or hate it? Whether or not it’s your cup of tea, April is National Poetry Month and can provide a good opportunity to introduce your kids to different kinds of poetry, if you haven’t already. I remember finding poetry quite dry and boring during my public school days because it was made into a dissection process, rather than for enjoyment. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties and experimented with writing poetry myself that I gained an appreciation for it.
Want to make poetry more interesting for your kids? Here are some hands-on ideas to make poetry come alive:
1. Find a poet that they truly like. Check out a poetry treasury from the library, like A Treasury of Poetry for Young People, and read several selections together. Poets like Emily Dickinson, Tennyson, or Robert Frost are usually good ones to start with since their poetry tends to be easily relatable. Compare and contrast the poets’ different works and try to write a poem in their style.
2. Choose a topic of interest, like nature or animals, and read different poems on that subject. Draw or paint pictures to go along with the poems.
3. Experiment with different forms of poetry: haiku, rhyming verse, acrostic, narrative, etc.
4. Write poetic prose. Use different literary techniques, like alliteration or onomatopoeia, to write a paragraph or short story in a poetic way.
6. Listen to your favorite music and study the song lyrics as poetry.
7. Write a personality poem using the first letters of your name. For instance, JANE might be Joyful Active Nice Easygoing. What adjectives best describe you? Use creative lettering to write it out and hang it up as artwork at home.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Check out the thirty days of poetry ideas for more ways to add poetry to your homeschool lessons.