April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. With so much focus on Reading Literacy and Math, or STEM in the curriculum, poetry often gets pushed aside. But its lyrical language and rhyme can make children better readers and writers. And…it’s so much fun to listen to – especially with the numerous forms it can take, such as Haiku, Limericks, etc. One of my all-time favorite poems – Jabberwocky – by Lewis Carroll has so many made-up words, yet sounds like music to the ear. Here’s the first verse:
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.”
Such whimsical nonsense that rolls off the tongue like silk! There is so much to love about poetry. Take a moment to introduce your kids to the fun of such poems as:
A tutor who tooted a flute
Tried to teach two younger tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
“is it harder to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?”
Here are a few poetry sites for kids of all ages. Some even publish kids poems.
Celebrate NATIONAL POETRY MONTH and “TOOT” a few poems of your own. What’s your favorite poem?