How To Integrate Poetry Into the Day: 5 Simple Ways

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Poetry is a wonderful component to add to our homeschools, though those of us unfamiliar with it might be unnecessarily intimidated by it. However, poetry reading and listening develops language patterns, listening skills, and complex thinking ability. Andrew Pudewa has written that

There is perhaps no greater tool than memorization to seal language patterns into a human brain, and there is perhaps nothing more effective than poetry to provide exactly what we want: reliably correct and sophisticated language patterns.

But poetry does not have to be a whole different subject, added in on top of everything. Poetry can be sprinkled into – integrated with – the things we are already doing and even into simply living life.

Here are some simple steps that my family has taken to incorporate poetry into our daily routines:

Particularly when the children are elementary and younger, focus on introducing and enjoying poems together. Don’t worry about analysis or interpretation or even comprehension. Just let them experience and enjoy poetry at their own level. Allow the time and space for love and taste to develop before teaching content and analysis. Then the analysis in later years will be more like sharing thoughts about common friends and less like dissecting a dead frog.

How do you add poetry to your days?

5 Responses

  1. ladydusk1
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    I really like the Poetry for Young People series of books.

    For those of us for whom poetry is alien, IEW’s poetry memorization program is great. We like using poetry curricula too: MCT’s poetry, MP Poetry for the Grammar Stage, CAP’s middle grade poetry program. There are lots of resources out there! Don’t be afraid.

    I love Brandy’s post about Memorizing Poetry and how it helped her learn to love poetry.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That is a great post. :)

      Oh, I hadn’t seen those books before!! It looks like our library has a number of them, too. Thanks!

      Yes, there are lots of resources out there to hold your hand!

  2. Catie
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    Great ideas! Very helpful! I’ve started reading some poetry to my girls during breakfast and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ll definitely check out A Child’s Introduction to Poetry. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful resources. (in this post and others) :)

  3. Lisa
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    We’ve really enjoyed Bravewriter idea of having a Poetry Tea every so often. We make some sort of special snack and everyone gets to choose their favorite poems to read or to be read aloud. It’s a good way for me to introduce new poems that we’ve not begun memorizing, but that I want them to be familiar with.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That’s on my list of things I’d like to incorporate, too!