Reading poetry provides beauty for our souls and allows us to hear how others interpret God’s creation. The goal is not to understand and discuss the poem, but to enjoy it and develop an appreciation of it.
Poetry shouldn’t be challenging or time-consuming. Read one poem a day or read one poem a day for four days and allow your children to choose their favorite poem to read on the fifth day. If you would like to incorporate memorizing poetry into your homeschool, check out this post to learn how to memorize poetry in three steps.
We read the works of three different poets each year, one per 12-week term. In the early years, we read through the whole book before moving on to another book.
You will probably find that once you begin reading poetry to your children, they will ask for it if you forget. Mine do!
Early Years And Early Elementary Poetry Books
- 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 Books 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 Series has a collection of poems by individual poets. This is a good place to start if you want to study a poet but do not know what to read.
- Ambleside Online has a listing of poets that is a useful aid in choosing poets for the year.
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