Wednesday, December 12, 2007

WFMW- Make Poetry Part of Your Life

I have to be honest here, when I was growing up poetry was not a big part of my life. Yes, I was homeschooled, but it wasn't one of our strong points. My parents both like poetry but that didn't seem to pass to me or my siblings. So I'm attempting to educate myself in poetry while I teach my children to love it.

Here are some ways we've included poetry in our lives:

- We read poems every day before nap time. Nap time has evolved into "quiet time" for the oldest girls who do still, on occasion, fall asleep. But anyway, this is the same time pretty much every day and we read poems before they lay down to sleep (or not).

- We are always working on memorizing one poem and one section of scripture. In November the girls memorized 2 poems and Psalm 100. In December they have memorized 2 poems and a section of Luke chapter 2.

- We quote poems or sections of rhymes often. Anything is fair game, even Dr. Seuss books.

- Read poems about the seasons when the seasons change.

- Write out poems and have your children draw and decorate a picture representation of that poem. Be sure to display the best ones on the fridge!

- Check out books (or buy them) with illustrated poems. One of our favorites is "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening". It has gorgeous pictures and we've been known to read it over and over again.

These are some things that have worked for us. How do you include poetry in your life?

2 comments: said...

I love your post--my parents loved and memorized poetry as children, and Dad would pull a book called _Treasury of the Familiar_ off the shelf and read to us. I even majored in Creative Writing in college and wrote poetry.

Even with all of that, I'm not as much into poetry appreciation as I should be, given that background and exposure.

Your approach sounds great. It seems fun and makes poetry really accessible and a part of your everyday life. I hope it pays off down the road!

What I found to be an interesting coincidence is that I happened to post about the rubber spatula, and wrote a very bad "ode" to the rubber spatula to go with it. Then when I joined up on Mr. Linky, my entry fell just below yours.

That means it says "Poetry Appreciation" and then right afterward comes my title, "Ode to a Rubber Scraper."

Marie said...

I used to be really into poetry, I love Pablo Neruda and Emily Dickinson. But I felt like such a sap for writing my own, and I stopped. But I just did a limerick on my blog for a contest and it was so much fun I just may take it back up again.

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