We are into poems lately in our house, reading Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, even the Fancy Nancy book about poetry my daughter adores! We decided to write some of our own. Here are some simple ways to get started.
Name poems: Write your child’s name down and then write a word for each letter. Here is what my daughter made hers.
We also have made poems about nature. We’ve taken walks and written what we’ve seen. It might be simple about an ant or rain all over the deck. You can pick a certain favorite toy, color, or even poems about your family. I love their ideas!
Poems don’t have to rhyme but our kids like to, so before we do poems it’s fun to brainstorm some rhyming words. Bike, Mike, Trike, Like, etc. This helps to teach word families as well.
My kids were shocked to learn that Nursery rhymes and songs count as poems too. It’s fun to check out a nursery rhyme book from the library or turn up the radio and write down some lyrics.
We are thinking of making a poem journal, whenever we find poems we like, copy them and add them to the journal. I love that idea, right from Fancy Nancy herself!