With National Poetry Month just around the see saw, you may already be thinking about which poems to incorporate into your children’s lesson plans. Based on my experience, there are a handful of poetry books that would be perfect for such applications. Here’s a passing glance at some of them:
“Around the World on Eighty Legs”
One of my favorite poetry books is Amy Gibson’s “Around the World on Eighty Legs.” The reason why this book is so great is that the poems focus on animals. Thus, the book may also be used as part of an animal themed lesson plan. It also pairs really well with Leslie Bulion’s book “At the Sea Floor Café: Odd Ocean Critter Poems.” Like Gibson’s book, it could also be utilized with other lesson plans.
“Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young”
Jack Prelutsky’s book “Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young” is another one that I found favorable. It features a huge assortment of short, age appropriate poems and colorful illustrations. Some of the poems are quite funny. Others, like “Jump or Jiggle”, may be used to get the kids moving about or engaging in dramatic play.
“A Child’s Garden of Verses”
In my opinion, no preschool or kindergarten classroom is complete without a book of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson. The one that I would recommend is “A Child’s Garden of Verses.” It contains one of my favorite poems, “Windy Nights.” When I read it aloud, I like to have the kids help by making galloping noises with plastic yogurt cups or “Steppers.” The “Steppers” are available for purchase through the Fat Brain Toys website for around $11 a pair.
“Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry”
I’d heartily recommend picking up a copy of Jane Yolen’s book “Here’s A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry” as well. It is filled with more than 50 poems that many Pre-Kinders are apt to relate too. From my point of view, that’s a real plus. Several of the poems could also be incorporated into other lesson plans. Two of them are “Something about Me” and “Brother.” The first poem could be worked into a lesson about body parts and the second would be perfect for discussions about families.
The author also has another book worth grabbing. It’s entitled “Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems.” I would suggest reading selections from it prior to nap time. The kids may find them soothing.
“Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year”
The last book to make my list is “Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year.” What I found favorable about the book is that it contains a wide array of seasonal poems. You could literally use the book to create a different poetry themed lesson plan each week. I also appreciated the illustrations.
Source: Personal Experience
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