Without further ado...We kicked off the poetry love fest with a really fun version of this lesson from Education World.
My future poetry lovers (ages 4 and 6)
In the car on the way to school
See my last post.
Think of some words that begin with the letter of your name.
Make up a simple rhyme using some of the words, like this example from the Education World lesson: "C is for cow. C is for cat. C is for caterpillar on my hat." Kids can make up their own format, but following this format made it much easier, especially for my 4 year old. (B is for ball. B is for bat. B is for broccoli on my hat.)
Repeat with other letters for as long as everyone feels like it.
The boys had a blast, and I resisted the urge to say, "See, I told you poetry was fun!" Instead, I told them that I loved their poems. Yay! Our first poetry success!
By the way, I picked this activity to start with because, for some reason, my boys have already been competing all week to see who could find the "best" words that start with the first letter of their name. Example: "B is the coolest letter because basketball, baseball and bat all start with B. C is not as cool because cauliflower starts with C. Oh wait, cookies and cars are good." I don't know how they got into it but I won't complain because at least they're learning as they argue.