Fostering a Love of Poetry in Young Children

It's been my goal from the time the kids were young to expose them to poetry. I don't feel as if I have a very good grasp of poetry myself, and I want it to be different for them. Over the years I've found some fun resources to use as we learned more about poetry. Here are a few that I used with young elementary-aged kids.

Poetry Resources for Young Children


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Resources We've Tried


I've used a variety of online resources and one main poetry book for our poetry unit. The book that we are focusing on is The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. I'm using it with this unit from Homeschool Share. Throughout the unit, we are taking a look at various poetry techniques and elements and then reading poems from the book that illustrate those elements. There are some great notebooking pages available at the unit study site.

Another fun resource I've found is this site- Poetry 4 Kids. Kenn Nesbitt is an award winning children's poet who has several kids' poetry books. This site has many, many of his poems, along with printables and activities to go with some. I drew a few of our most recent activities from this site.

From this site I chose two worksheets that each used one of Kenn's poems in a language arts activity. "All My Great Excuses" is a humorous poem. In the worksheet, the girls filled in the past tense of verbs in the blanks on each poetry line. The other sheet was based on a poem- "The Puppy Ate My Earbuds"- and had the girls picking the correct spelling of various words throughout the poem. I will say that all of Kenn's poems seem to rhyme. This was different for the girls because much of the poetry we've been reading from the other book does not simply follow the ABAB rhyme pattern of all of Kenn's poetry. We've been reading a variety of poetry and discussing how all poetry doesn't rhyme and how rhyme is just one tool that poets can use to create the image they want to create.

Poetry Resources for Young Children

Poetry Resources for Young Children

A Poetry-Themed Science Activity


From Kenn's site, I also found an activity that involved making invisible ink for a "secret" message to go along with Kenn's poem- "Please Don't Read This Poem." In this activity kids use lemon juice to write a secret message. We didn't have any lemon juice so I googled how to make invisible ink. I quickly found several choices.

For the first choice, we needed baking soda and water. It wasn't until the girls were mixing it and preparing to write on blank paper that we realized that we needed grape juice for the ink reveal, and we didn't have any. We tried the milk method- to be revealed by holding the paper to a light; and we went ahead and wrote with the baking soda water to see if there was another way to reveal.

Poetry Resources for Young Children

Poetry Resources for Young Children

As it turned out, the milk writing didn't reveal very well at all, held up to a light; but the baking soda writing was revealed very well when brushed with tea.

Poetry Resources for Young Children

Poetry Resources for Young Children

Poetry has been a fun unit study for us. We're going to be continuing with it for a while using the unit study at Homeschool Share. There is also a poetry lapbook with fun activities involving specific poems that I think we'll be using next.

Poetry Resources for Young Children


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