9.08.2011

Our Poetry Study

I have been committed to reading poetry to the boys since they were old enough to be read to. Some of our favorites over the years have been:
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (Beatrix Potter)
A Child's Book of Poems
A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's First Book of Poems
Eric Carle's Animals Animals
Nursery Rhymes
Puddle Wonderful: Poems to Welcome Spring
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young
Poems to Read to the Very Young
Cotton Sailboats Poems for Little Children
Over in the Meadow (and all other similar books)
Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose (Huntington Library Children's Classics)
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

We also read several books of haiku which I blogged about here.

One of the most hilarious encounters we've had has been with Favourite Poems for Children (Classic Literature with Classical Music).  We listened to this CD on our way to and from piano lessons.  One of the make narrators also narrates Aesop's Fables (Junior Classics) -- a most fantastic recording which we borrow from the library frequently.
Since we started the new school year, we have been learning about one form of poetry a day by reading the appropriate section and then listening to the sample(s) from A Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry.  Today, for example, we learned about narrative verse [note, I reminded the boys that the word narrate comes from narrare, the Latin word for to tell], discussed various kinds (epics, romance, and historical), and then focused on historical verse.  Next, we listened to "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" being read on the CD.  In all, we spend about ten to fifteen minutes a day on this.

When we finish with this resource, which also highlights various poets and offers one or more samples of his/her work, we will turn our attention to Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD).  I'll let you know how it goes.

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