As a writer, I absolutely had to write about National Poetry Month. April is one of my favorite months of the year because it is National Poetry Month, a month dedicated fully to poetry. It is not surprising that April was chosen to be National Poetry Month, since sonnets, a style of poetry from the Renaissance times is usually about the beginning of spring. It even includes the other national holiday, Poem In Your Pocket Day, which happens on April 23rd annually. I absolutely enjoy writing poetry, especially when I need to release my emotions after experiencing stressful events. I am introducing National Poetry Month to my toddler and I would love to share ways that you can make National Poetry Poetry Month kid-appropriate. Read about how you can introduce National Poetry Month to kids next:
Read Poetry Together
You cannot read complex, emotional poetry such as Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson to young children. But the good thing is that many children’s books are in fact poems. Many of Dr. Seuss’s books are in fact, poems, and are quirky and fun, making it a blast for National Poetry Month. There are many other great poetry books for young children, such as Shel Silverstein’s Where The Sidewalk Ends and Jack Prelutksky’s The New Kid On the Block. If your kid is a preschooler or younger, you can even sing classic nursery rhymes to your kids, which are usually catchy poems that you happen to know by heart!
Write Poems Together
If your kid is a natural poet, now is a great time for them to show off their poetic skills. If they are younger or might need a little bit of help writing poems, you could get your kid to do an acrostic poem. They can use the words “Spring”, “April”, or their first name, for example. Have a younger kid who can’t write as yet? Let them tell you words that begin with each letter of their name or each letter of April. This will help them learn the alphabet while creating a beautiful and authentic poem.
Celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day
When you are celebrating National Poetry Month, you cannot forget about Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 23rd! Let your child choose out their favorite poem to read out loud, whether they are at school or at home. They can choose out a poem or write one of their own to read aloud. If your kid is too young to read or write, you can choose a storybook that has poems (my favorites are Nursery Rhymes, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and The Cat In The Hat!) and read it aloud with your tot!
Poetry is a great way to prepare your kids for standardized tests. Many standardized tests have reading comprehension sections, and since poems are more complex than short stories, are great ways to test to see if your children understand the text. Use even more advanced poetry for students who are in high school and are practicing for their SAT and PSAT exams.
Visit the Library
As you may know already, I am a big advocate of public libraries. They are not only free resources where you can borrow books. They are also places where you can access the internet, classes for kids and adults, and free resources such as summer meals, free books, and educational material. The public library may be hosting events to celebrate National Poetry Month. If not, then you can always borrow poetry books to read to your children at home. If your local library is closed, you can access free resources from your city library online. You may even be able to find a few resources that focus on poetry.
I hope that you are able to use some of these resources to celebrate National Poetry Month with your children! My favorite way to celebrate National Poetry Month is by reading poetry storybooks with my toddlers (Llama Llama Red Pajama is my son’s absolute favorite!) What is your favorite way to celebrate National Poetry Month with your children? Post your favorite way in the comments below!
Talk to you soon!