Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary ~ Walter Scott

April is National Poetry Month. 🙂

National poetry month

Think about your favorite song. Is it catchy? Does it tell a story, and is it filled with rhythm, repetition and maybe rhyme? It is poetry. One way to get children to write is to teach them poetry. Once they learn to write a few lines, they are hooked. I just love to read poems to children. Once you get started, you and your children will love poetry too.

The following ideas are ways to celebrate reading and writing poetry for National Poetry Month. However, I think any day is a good day to read and write a poem. 🙂

  1. Sign up to get a poem a day- This link offers a poem a day or a poem a week.http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem-day

  2. Read a poem a day with your children. Some of my favorite poets for children are Jack Prelutzski and Shel Silverstein  national poetry day

  3. Get your students involved in the “dear poet project”. (For grades 5- 12)

  4. Help your children write poems and submit them to a contest.

  5. Visit the official site for National Poetry Month

  6. Click here for fabulous and free poetry printables your kids will love.

  7. Visit Ken Nesbett’s wonderful site: http://www.poetry4kids.com/ He has funny poems that tickle your children’s funny bones. 🙂 He is a poet for children.  His site offers all things poetry: rhyming word lists, lessons for poetry writing, and lots & lots of poetry for children.  🙂

  8. Visit this site for hundreds of lessons and ideas for reading and writing poetry.  This is one of my favorite sites. It ranges from K- 12. 🙂

  9. Write a Theme Poem with your child using this on-line frame and prompts. It’s fun and easy.

  10. Visit this fabulous site to read about every type of poem you can imagine such as limericks, silly poems, and poems by beloved poets like A.A. Milne.

God shapes every second of our little lives

and minds every minute as the universe waits by.

The pain and the longing,

The joy and the moments of light

Are the rhythm and rhyme

The free verse of the poem of life.

Michael Card- “The Poem of Your Life”

I just love poetry because of the rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. It is simple but complex telling a story that penetrates the soul.

Enjoy exposing your children to poetry. Their lives will be forever enriched.

National poetry day

Do you like poetry? Do your children enjoy poetry?

Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time.


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