April is National Poetry Month, and I have to confess that before homeschooling, I never thought about reading poetry to the boys. I mean, if it didn’t involve ninjas or mutant turtles, why bother, right? Um, wrong!
I’ve heard it said before that poetry is the highest form of literature, so why not start exposing our children to it from an early age? I was surprised how positively my boys responded, especially to those verses they could relate to as children. The accompanying hot chocolate and marshmallows didn’t hurt either.
Now, if you can’t envision your children eagerly crowding around your feet, begging, “Mother dear, please, would you read us another poem?,” don’t worry, mine don’t do that either. However, don’t be intimidated. Just follow these two simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to develop an appreciation for this rhythmic art in your kids.
Step 1: Pick a poem.
Step 2: Read said poem.
Yes, I know. It really is that simple. Once you master these two simple steps, you can then venture on to more advanced poetry readings, which include hot tea, biscuits and English accents!
If you’re at a loss for where to find great children’s poetry, lately we’ve been reading through A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson and When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne. Another great option I recently found and fell in love with is Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy. Best of all, you can find these at the library.
I’m curious to know, do you or your kids have any favorite children’s poems? Do share!