Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Studying Poetry with Children

The variety of words found in poetry makes studying it on a regular basis a great way to increase vocabulary in an entertaining way. 

For several years I followed the Ambleside On-line poetry schedule. The poems of about four poets per year are posted or linked on the website. Each day we read a new poem plus reviewed a few we had read previous days. For my oldest who can easily comprehend anything, this method worked well. Poems I couldn't understand she could even interpret for me.

Unfortunately, my son does not comprehend poetry quite so easily. Therefore, the selected poems from Ambleside On-line were far too difficult for him. After several attempts to follow the same method, I abandoned it and switched to reading poetry from books aimed at much younger children. The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems and The Fat-Cats at Sea were two of our favorites from last year.

With my youngest we read many Mother Goose poems following the same method.

This year I will introduce new poetry books to the kids and see if they are interested in keeping a poetry notebook where they can copy down their favorites.



Since this post is part of the Homeschool Help series I plan to read the poetry posts of the other bloggers for more ideas. I hope you will join me.

Poetry - How and why to teach it. - Hammock Tracks
Waxing Poetical - Barefoot Hippie Girl
Poetry Smoothie - One Magnificent Obsession
Poetry Tea Time - Navigating by Joy
How do you teach poetry? - Every Bed of Roses

This post is linked to:
Trivium Tuesdays

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5 comments:

  1. Gosh, it sounds like your eldest daughter really gets poetry!
    I just looked up The Llama Who Had No Pajama book after seeing it on Chareen's site. I thought it looked great but everyone said they'd bought it for their four year olds so I wasn't sure. I might go back and get it now.

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    1. It was a fun book - a lot like Mother Goose. My 10 year old liked it.

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  2. Thank you for sharing the Ambleside website! Lots of info!!

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  3. My kiddos really enjoy the silly side of poetry. They adore Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky.

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  4. We memorized a few poems last year, which the kids really enjoyed. This year my son will be in a Poetry class at Co-Op. I don't know what the structure will be, but it sounds like a nice topic to me =)

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