National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce your children to the world of poetry. By starting with highly engaging poems, you increase the chance of lighting an interest in poetry so choose poems that will grab the attention of your particular child. Even poems that might be considered twaddle by some can be a good choice if it makes poetry interesting!
- Keep a collection of age-appropriate poetry books for your children to read during quiet reading time or when they finish their work.
- Highlight a different poet each day by reading aloud a poem. If daily is too much, focus on a different poet each week and read a different poem by him or her each day that week.
- Have your children write poetry. Depending on their writing level, have them write a traditional long-form poem or do something simpler like an acrostic poem or haiku.
I have a growing collection of poetry in my shop. Here is a sample below.