Reading poetry provides beauty for our souls and allows us to hear how others interpret the world. Unfortunately, poetry often gets a bad rap and many homeschool moms feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to add it to their homeschool schedule. Adding poetry to your homeschool routine shouldn’t be challenging or time-consuming. You can easily add it to your homeschool in as little as five minutes a day with these simple suggestions.
How To Add Poetry To Your Homeschool Schedule
There is an appropriate time to study poetry during literature studies later in high school. This post will not address approaching poetry from that perspective. The focus of this post is developing an appreciation for poetry and adding beauty to your homeschool day.
In our homeschool, we read one poem most days, typically at breakfast. You could read a different poem every day or read one poem per day for four days and allow your children to choose their favorite poem to read on the fifth day. You may choose to read a poem only one or two days a week. How often you read poetry is entirely up to you!
Establishing a routine is helpful to maintain consistency. If you already have an established routine such as a morning basket or an afternoon tea time, you could add a poetry reading to the rotation. Be creative when deciding when to schedule your poetry reading. If your husband enjoys poetry, you may choose to read it during dinner. Or, you could read a poem right before heading outside for an afternoon walk.
Memorizing poetry is not necessary, but can be fun when done in moderation. If you would like to incorporate poetry memorization into your homeschool, learn how to memorize poetry in three steps on this post.
How To Choose Poets To Study
Charlotte Mason recommended reading works of three different poets each year, one per 12-week term. This is excellent advice because it exposes you to a wide range of poets. We did this many years and discovered that we loved some poets and did not care for others.
However, there were many times we loved a poet so much we kept reading his or her works until we finished the book. One year we read works by the same poet the entire year. This approach of expanding our horizons sometimes and diving deep into one poet’s work other times is a good balance since my goal is to develop an appreciation for poetry.
A good place to begin is the Ambleside Online listing of poets. You may choose to follow their recommendations (based on three poets per year) or pick and choose from their list of suggestions.
Early Years And Early Elementary Poetry Books
The following list of poetry books is particularly enjoyable for the younger ages, but can be enjoyed by all.
- April Bubbles Chocolate by Lee Bennett Hopkins
- Around the Year by Elsa Beskow
- A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
- A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Beatrix Potter’s Nursery Rhyme Book by Beatrix Potter
- Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill
- Mother Goose
- Out and About by Shirley Hughes
- Poems to Read to the Very Young by Eloise Wilkin
- Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Poetry Resources For All Ages
- 101 Famous Poems by Roy Cook
- Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris Tibbets (a wonderful collection of poetry)
- Poetry for Young People – This is a series of books. Each book has a collection of poems by one poet. These books are great introductions and are a good way to expose your student to a variety of poets.