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Poetry, the simple way

March 5, 2012

Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing;
and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual,
is the sole end of education.
–Charlotte Mason

This year we’re studying Christina Rossetti; in a simple and gentle way, all my children are being exposed to, hearing and reading aloud beautiful poetry.

How do we do it?

  • Every Monday I print out a whole short poem or part of a Christina Rossetti Poem and pin it to our board (along with our weekly bible verse, picture study and the name of the piece of music we are studying that week)
  • We all read it aloud on a Monday morning
  • The children are told they have the week to memorize the poem and we do recitation on a Friday
  • The children use the poem for copy work; the may write it out twice in a week
  • We recite on a Friday morning and discuss the poem; what we thought it meant and what we liked about it
  • If the children struggle with the poem or section of poem I’ve chosen we take two weeks over it or I break it down a bit more

Simple hey? How do you study poetry in your home?

In this way: give your a child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information. Charlotte Mason

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 11:45 pm

    Excellent post, Leah! We have just recently started reading poetry together as a family. Your ideas help get it all organized for me. We are just being random about which poems to read, but I would like to do it a little more like you. Thanks! 🙂

    • leahboden permalink*
      March 6, 2012 7:11 am

      Thanks Lisa, I’ve only just got my head round it all really but keeping it simple and consistent seems to be the key…and sticking to one poet, happy learning! Leah

  2. March 6, 2012 10:29 pm

    That’s a great way to study poetry, Leah. We need to be more intentional about it around here!

  3. March 7, 2012 12:29 pm

    My daughter has massive language delays, and we used a similar method to memorize poetry. First, she copied it for copywork. Then, we did studied dictation until she had it perfected (that took a week or even longer at times). Every day, we practiced saying it. It took a month for her to learn her first poem (The End by A. A. Milne). One fall day, the next year, she told me she was doing a “Poem Marathon” and she copied all the poems she had learned into her copywork book on one or two pages!

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