Do you read your children poetry?
I remember being very ambivalent about poetry at school. I don’t ever really recall understanding meter and how to structure a poem. I could probably barely tell you the difference between a haiku and an epigram.
I finally enjoyed reading poetry when we studied the War Poets, and Wilfred Owen in particular. I’m still shaky on the technical aspects, but I am now willing to learn. My little people are clearly not of an age where understanding the differences between poetic styles and the technical aspects of poetry construction are necessary. However, I am keen for them to learn rhythm and word play through poetry. So I have been trying to make sure we always have at least one book of poems for reading when we bring a bag of books back from the library.
The latest book is from the “I Can Read!” series and it is called Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems.
So far we have a couple of hits from this volume. Admittedly, the cute dinosaur cartoons are helping my cause. Here is the current favourite:
by Sarah Hansen
No treading on tails
No gnawing your nails
No sharpening teeth
Small friends to eat
These are rules
All dinos must follow
They keep school safe –
So no one gets swallowed!
I am convinced that this is a great favourite, not only because of the rhyming and rhythm, but because it is accompanied by a picture of a small, very toothy dinosaur about to bite the tail of a larger, clearly the teacher, dinosaur.
So, what are your children’s favourite poems?
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Yes…, it was very… very… long! I was super impressed with him for reading it straight through without stoppingor getting bored lol. I just liked it so much as it told a good story and he understood it after all that long slog reading it!
I doubt Rua would be very interested in it, but he’d love the dinosaur one!
Cute poem! I might look that book out 😀 Jack has done a little bit at school, he knows the names of a few types of poems – I can’t really remember anything about the structure etc that we learnt at school! His reading book last night was Paul Revere’s Ride http://poetry.eserver.org/paul-revere.html which we both really enjoyed. I find that his reading is very smooth and he makes less mistakes when it has a rhythm. Other than that, the only poetry I can think of here is their bedtime prayers
That’s a good poem, but very long. I don’t think I could hold the little people’s attention with that yet. I must dig out some R.L.Stevenson poems – I loved his book “A Child’s Garden of Verse” – and try them with the kids.
My most personal favourite being:
The Land of Counterpane
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.