May 12, 2014

Time to Rhyme! Or Not--Fun with Poetry

During April we celebrated National Poetry Month--& poetry about libraries during National Library Week. Check out some of our local poets!
Many wrote acrostic poems—You use the letters in your name or something you like to do, or the letters in ‘library’—or any word:
Ice cream

In Cedar Lake
Because the library is
Amazing. You can
Read The Hunger Games
Yet it is never open too late

Super awesome
Work hard
In the water
Makes me feel amazing

Always reading
Can do algebra
You can always find me doing something creative.

Jam and toast
Everyone’s friend
Rabbids is my favorite game!
Extra joyful
Makes up jokes
Yoyo doer

Riddle Poetry—we solved different riddle poems all month long. They were from the book, Guess Again! Riddle Poems by Lillian Morrison. Here is one for National Library Week:
“Easy to open, no need to unlock it.
Sometimes it’s small enough to carry in your pocket.
But when it is open it can carry you
Through fascinating spaces like a far-flying rocket.!

It is a    _____   _____   _____   _____  (See the answer at the end of this post!)

24 Hour Poem—for this poem you write down what you did each hour during a 24 hour period. Here is one composition:
I sleep all day.
I sleep all night
I sleep at sunrise
I sleep on a rainy day.
I sleep in Mexico
I sleep everywhere.
I waaaaaake up.
I am hurrying up to go to school!
I work at MacDonald’s and
I work at an office.
I love to work.
I work so hard
I eat breakfast.
I work,
I wait for the bus
I relax.
While I relax I read.
I talk a lot and laugh too.
Now I fall asleep.
I like to sleep.

Some made poems from letters and words cut from old magazines:


Try some of these fun types of poetry. Talk about them with your older child and provide materials. Have fun working together, too!
You and your preschooler or toddler can work together. For example you might write an acrostic poem featuring the letters in your child’s name. Get out some old magazines and use pictures and letters to create unique poetry. Activities like these—that involve writing (& cutting, gluing and coloring), rhyming, singing, and talking—all teach your child essential early literacy skills. So have fun together—you are helping your child get ready to learn to read!!

It is a  b o o k.

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