Welcome back to the Literacy Musing Mondays. This week we have a guest post about one of my literature forms : poetry. KT Brison shares some great tips on introducing poetry to children. I hope you enjoy.
Reading Poetry With Children
By KT Brison
Reading poetry with kids can be a joyful experience, but first you have to get your littles interested. What are the best ways to do that?
How to make poetry appealing to kids
Add Visual Beauty
One of the easiest ways to do this is to find a beautifully illustrated book of poems. My copy of Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes, illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone, has captured my imagination since I was 6 years old. The pictures in this book are the kind that a little can stare at for hours. Coupling such illustrations with poetry practically guarantees a child’s interest.
Can you say Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky? Both of these geniuses have written several books of poetry for kids that will leave your littles in stitches. And a spoonful of laughter helps the poetry go down. In the most delightful way.
I lucked into my 1935 copy of Sung Under the Silver Umbrella at a yard sale for a quarter. This book is filled with poems for children by some of the greats–Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, R.L. Stevenson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to name a few. Our Children’s Own Longfellow is from 1908. The boys love to read from these books and think about all the people who may have read them before. Plus, you know that great smell an old book has? Poetry.
Add a Story
Who better to make you littles fall in love with poetry than Lewis Carroll? When a poem is inserted into a story as wonderful as Alice in Wonderland, suddenly your littles are wanting very much to read and understand it. We have a copy of The Jabberwocky on our classroom wall because it is one of our all-time favorites.
Add a Tea Party
One of my favorite trends on the interweb right now is the poetry tea time. We even recently purchased a matching tea set to make ours more authentic. Serve a yummy, cozy tea, cuddle up with your kiddos, and read some good poetry.
However you do it, now is the time to get your littles interested in poems and create a lifelong love that they will always be grateful for and memories for them to take with them wherever they go.
KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words. You can connect with her on her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.
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