eight more days to celebrate poetry month

April is poetry month. This year I’ve been a little too preoccupied with work-related deadlines – and a tax-related deadline – to give it much thought. Until this week.

So, how does one celebrate poetry month, you ask? The main goal is to show your kids how fun it can be to play with words. Yesterday we sang several verses of Down by the Bay, making up our own rhymes for the verses. Today my five-year-old and I wrote a limerick together. It was silly and not very good, but it made him giggle. I’ll just tell you the words at the end of each line and you’ll probably get the main idea:

Rick, kick, time out, pout, stick

Tomorrow we’ll read Louder than a Clap of Thunder. Perhaps we’ll make it popcorn and poetry evening.

For more ideas, see last year’s post on ways to celebrate poetry month with your children.

What’s one of your favorite children’s poems?

6 thoughts on “eight more days to celebrate poetry month

  1. I used to have this one by S. Silverstein on my classroom door:
    “If you are a dreamer come in.
    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
    A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean-buyer.
    If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire,
    For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
    Come in!
    Come in!”

  2. What fun! My kids LOVE “Down by the Bay.” They love making up new verses for it.
    Have you heard of the online group called “WeTeach?” I think you’d love it. Lots of parents and teachers sharing ideas of how they’re educating their kids. Each week they have a “Reading Post Share” and a “Show us what you got share” and other bloggers can check out the other’s work. It’s a really cool website.

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve just glanced at “We Teach” now, and I have a feeling I’ll be returning to it regularly.

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