April is National Poetry Month, and I love poetry! It lets you express your creativity in little bursts because, if you wish, all it takes is just a few lines. You can sing in rhyme, write a haiku, make a poem out of your own name - there are so many possibilities! On my teacher page, I have a post with tips for classrooms on how to celebrate National Poetry Month, and I’ve also included a link here.
My favorite poems are those with rhyming verses. Maybe it’s because so many nursery rhymes and their catchy little tunes are still stuck in my head from childhood. Well, it turns out they are also a wonderful way to teach children all kinds of skills and lessons. Kids can learn word- and letter-recognition, phonemic awareness and even basic math concepts with simple rhymes. And how about adding a little rhythm to your rhymes? I came across a fun project from Cantata Learning called The Rhythms and Rhymes Global Project. Here’s what their website says about the project: “Teachers and librarians around the world have unique ways of incorporating nursery rhymes into the curriculum. We want to collect what they are! Share your lesson and project ideas with us and our community through our Rhythms and Rhymes Global Project”
But that’s not all! April is also the celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Here’s a cute video made by my friends at Cantata, sharing some delightful poems to inspire you! They even read one I wrote!
Now let’s do a sing-along with Emily Arrow. This catchy tune will have you wanting to keep a poem in your pocket all the time!