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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

National Poetry Month

So much for a blue violet
Roses are red, violets are blue.  I love books, and so should you.
Roses are red, violets are blue.  Reading is fun, and that is true.
Roses are red, violets are blue.  I am a poet, who knew?
Roses are red, violets are blue.  I might write so many poems that I go cuckoo.
Roses are red, violets are blue.  I've always wanted to use the word ballyhoo.

Well, as you can see, I am clearly a profound, insightful poet.  Just kidding, I am awful, but it was fun to play around a bit with poetry.  And what better time to explore the written word than now, in April - National Poetry Month!  It is perfect timing.  There is so much that can be done with poetry - we really have our work cut out for us folks.  A great way to start is by simply reading poetry.  Sappy love poems, hard to understand poetry about life, silly poems about made up monsters - it's all there.  Poetry is great, even for the little guys out there.  Hearing simple poems with rhymes and rhythms (two words I can never spell right, thank you very much spellchecker) can do wonders for little one's grasp of language and sounds.  Now when these poems get funny or silly, young ones are even more likely to get a yearning for poetry, so break out the Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky for starters.  *Side note:  Did you know that you can actually sing many of Prelutsky's poems to well known songs like "Yankee Doodle?"  Try to figure out which song goes with each poem!*

As you get better with understanding how poetry works, start writing little poems for family and friends.  And don't worry if you are not as good as me at the start - we can't all be great poets you know.  Wink, wink.  You'll get better with time...hopefullySome people find that poetry is the perfect way to get all their cares and concerns off their chest, while others find it a fabulous way to get creative and talk about the world around them.  Whatever floats your boat.

Where is my poetry beret?
There is a really fun way to play with poetry too - write a script or story using mostly, if not all, poetry.  For instance, you could do a news report.  Find a sports poem, a weather poem, a poem about transportation, and more and stitch them all together so that you have a full news report.  Once you hone your performance skills, put the skit on for your folks - they will love it!  Fit in as many goofy poems as you can!

Roses are red, violets are blue.  This post is over, so I bid you adieu.
Poetry Books
Shel Silverstein Materials
Jack Prelutsky Materials


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