April is National Poetry Month and we've been reading from various books each morning or evening. I wasn't sure if the kids would enjoy it or not, but I'm happy to say they actually request I read more. I think the key has been to pick books geared to their age, interest, and have some colorful pictures. Little J seems to enjoy silly poems the best, while Juiciness and Sassyfras enjoy ones about animals best.
Sassyfras, the upper left picture, is drawing in response to Margaret Wise Brown's poem "Green Grass and Dandelions". Little J in the lower left is drawing in response to Rose Fyleman's poem "Mice". The lower right picture is one Juiciness drew in response to Aileen L. Fisher's poem "Caterpillars". According to him, he drew the entire life cycle - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly.
I made blank books for each of the kids to make their own poetry books. I used construction paper for the cover and blank pages for the inside for Sassyfras and Juiciness. They don't write yet, but they are really into drawing right now. I put lined pages in Little J's book as well, so he could write his own poems. They've almost filled their books, so it looks like I'll be making more soon.
Linking to: Wednesday's Wowzers, ABC and 123, stART, TGIF!, For the Kids Friday, The Sunday Showcase, Link and Learn