Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Teaching poetry sparks the imagination of all children and adults alike. Along with the article on Poetry Basics, here are some ideas to teach the art of poetry in a creative and exciting way.
Begin your poetry study by experiencing what you plan to write about. Take your homeschooler outdoors, to a park, beach, or even your own backyard. Sit with them and enjoy the scenes nature provides. Bring along a notepad for your child to jot down thoughts and feelings he or she has. What does the air feel like? What does the air smell like? Is the grass brownish green, yellow green or kelly green? How does the sky look? Putting feelings into words to describe the environment around us is much easier when we are experiencing it hands on. After your outdoor experience, taking no more then thirty minutes so as not to lose focus, go back indoors to write. If your child wishes to write while outdoors that is fine, too. Remember that the poem your homeschooler writes can be any style, from Haiku to rhyming. Check out the Poetry Basics article link at the bottom of this page for more details on the various types of poetry.
Get excited about reading different types of poetry with your child! Check out the teacher page at Random House and sign up for poetry month emails throughout April. You will receive an email each week in April with five poems to read alongside your child. Be sure to check out an antology of poetry geared for children, like "Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls" by Helen Ferris Tibbets or "The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury" by Jack Prelutsky.
Have a side salad with your poetry! Check out cool lesson plans for unique poetry, like "Salad Poetry" at Crayola.com. Or learn how to write "Riddle Poems" at ReadWriteThink.org. Explore all the awesome types of poetry, to read, write and act out.