Do you read your children poetry?
I remember being very ambivalent about poetry at school. I don’t ever really recall understanding meter and how to structure a poem. I could probably barely tell you the difference between a haiku and an epigram.
I finally enjoyed reading poetry when we studied the War Poets, and Wilfred Owen in particular. I’m still shaky on the technical aspects, but I am now willing to learn. My little people are clearly not of an age where understanding the differences between poetic styles and the technical aspects of poetry construction are necessary. However, I am keen for them to learn rhythm and word play through poetry. So I have been trying to make sure we always have at least one book of poems for reading when we bring a bag of books back from the library.
The latest book is from the “I Can Read!” series and it is called Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dino Poems.
So far we have a couple of hits from this volume. Admittedly, the cute dinosaur cartoons are helping my cause. Here is the current favourite:
by Sarah Hansen
No treading on tails
No gnawing your nails
No sharpening teeth
Small friends to eat
These are rules
All dinos must follow
They keep school safe –
So no one gets swallowed!
I am convinced that this is a great favourite, not only because of the rhyming and rhythm, but because it is accompanied by a picture of a small, very toothy dinosaur about to bite the tail of a larger, clearly the teacher, dinosaur.
So, what are your children’s favourite poems?