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Including Poetry in Your Homeschool Reading Curriculum

Think poetry is just for language arts time? Think again! The works of great poets can weave their way into nearly every subject of your homeschool day. 

1. Classic Poems

Like many homeschoolers, you may find that older poems are among your favorites.

Reading: Do your emerging readers get overwhelmed with long blocks of text? Short lines of poetry to the rescue! Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses could be the perfect fit.

A Child's Garden of Verses

Memory Work: Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay is a lovely poem for children to memorize. This simple poem will build your kids’ confidence for learning longer, more complicated works.

Afternoon on a Hill

History: Are you looking to enhance your history lessons with a relevant poem? Try “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Paul Revere's Ride
The Charge of the Light Brigade

Religion: Many classic poems express religious sentiments. You’ll find good examples of that in Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

Poems on various subjects, religious and moral

Background Enhancement: Audiobooks are a smart way to fill your children’s minds with beautiful lines while they work on other projects. Christina Rossetti’s Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book is packed with poetry for kids.

Rhythm and Meter: Shakespeare is renowned for his love poems, including a vast collection of sonnets. Listening to the audio version of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, your kids will start to pick up on the iambic pentameter rhythm of his poems.

Literary Analysis: The “How Emily Dickinson Writes a Poem” is a must-see video for students learning about literary analysis. The video not only reads Dickinson’s “Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant” but also presents a line-by-line breakdown.

2. Modern Poems

While classic poetry is beloved among homeschool families, don’t miss out on including newer poems in your lessons, too.

Science: Would you believe that poetry and science can be a perfect pair? LightSail’s poetry collections include many animal-themed works.

The Alligator's Smile: And Other Poems
Eek, You Reek!: Poems about Animals That Stink, Stank, Stunk

A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters: Concrete Poems
When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: And Other Poems about the Frozen Continent

Social studies: Irene Latham and Charles Waters’ Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z grapples with issues like diversity and freedom. Each entry includes a “Try It” challenge for kids.

Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Creative writing: Brian P. Cleary’s Poetry Adventures series will teach your kids how to become poets. If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems is just one of the many titles in this series.

If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems

World Poetry Day is celebrated each year on March 21, but you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to include poems in your homeschool reading plans. LightSail’s collection of poetry is ready whenever your science, language arts, or history lessons could use a boost.

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Posted on 3.Mar.22 in Book Recommendations

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