Last Friday I took the kids to the park to have a little “Poetry in the Park” for an hour. It was fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. I’ve never been drawn to poems much. Oh, I’ve read quite a few, studied some poets and their lives, etc. But poetry has never been a medium that “speaks” to me, unless it’s set to music. ☺
April is National Poetry Month. I’m going way out of my comfort zone here to announce that next Wordfull Wednesday, April 29, I want you to write a poem about anything. Some of you participants can do this easily. I’ve read your work before! For the rest of us (I’m included here) we’re going to have to try hard.
To help you out here are a few sites that I use with my kids to help write simple poems. Hopefully you’ll gather a few ideas and have fun in the creative process to boot.
30 Days of Poetry – This is the best resource by far! It is actually 30 lesson plans that cover all types of poetry. Just read the type of poem your interested in, click on that day, and find out how to write your own.
Rhyme Zone – Sometimes you get stuck looking for the perfect word that rhymes.
Scholastic’s Poetry Page – For lots of links and articles on poetry for children.