Did you know that April is National Poetry month in the United States? In celebration of the beauty, my children and I will be learning about poetry all month long! In fact, I just finished up three new copywork books for them, with selections from famous poets Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, and Lewis Carroll. Compiling these ebooks reminded me of just how much I love to write and read poems!
My love for poetry started in the sixth grade, when I started contributing a poem to our middle school newspaper monthly and that love developed as I spent hours writing verses during the tumultuous junior high years. When my emotions overcome me, my outlet is still a pen and paper and the writing of a poem.
Learning about poetry will help your child understand certain books of the Bible, gain a deeper understanding of human nature, provide an emotional outlet, an opportunity for artistic expression, and perhaps even inspire a love of words. If you would like to focus on poetry with your children during the month of April, I think you will find these resources I’ve pulled together very helpful!
Patterns in Poems from Great Schools
Writing a Cinqain Poem Freebie from The First Grade Parade
Bio Poems Made Easy from Laura Candler
ABC Poems from Teaming Up To Teach
Free Pensee Poem Writing Activity from Teachers Pay Teachers
Poetry Lesson Plans
A Peak into Poetry and Poets Project Pack from In the Hands of A Child (lap book)
Preparing for Poetry Project Pack from In the Hands of A Child (lap book)
Poetry Resources from Institute for Excellence in Writing
The Art of Writing Poetry Unit Study from Homeschool Learning Network (High School)
Pirates Poetry Writing from Highlights of Homeschooling
Poetry Writing from Teacher Created Resources
Writing Poetry With Children from Evan Moore
Star-Studded Poetry from 212 Mom (High School)
Classical Poetry from On The Mark Press (High School)
Our Favorite Poetry Books
Climb Into My Lap: First Poems to Read Together by Kathryn Brown. One of the poems in this book is what finally broke through to my little girl and convinced her to let me read aloud to her seven years ago. I will never forget that moment! I had tried so much to get her to listen to me read, and this was what made the difference. She loved the cadence of these poems!
Talking Like Rain by X.J.Kennedy
Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost by Gary D. Schmidt. This is part of a series of wonderful books. We own many of them!
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Luis Stevenson
A Child’s Introduction to Poetry with CD by Michael Driscoll
Classic American Poetry Audio from Naxos
7 Ages: An Anthology of Poems with Music from Naxos