Poetry is beautiful, captivating and (for a lot of us) a little intimidating, right? Our goal with this episode is to show you how simple and delightful sharing poetry with your kids can be.
My guest today says we can’t force poetry, but we can share it naturally… and that just might be the key to helping our kids develop a lifelong love.
If you want to help your kids fall in love with beautiful language, there’s no better (or simpler) way to start than with a poem.
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In this episode, you’ll hear:
- why and how to incorporate poetry into your routine
- what to do if you feel intimidated
- how to develop a true affection for poetry (it’s more fun than you think!)
Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:
|1:34||Question: What do you do if your kids skim books?|
|3:27||Read aloud … together|
|6:00||Step down the reading level|
|7:53||Meet Sally Thomas|
|11:10||The habit of attention|
|14:21||How and when to begin poetry|
|17:14||‘Poetry as Enchantment’|
|19:18||Weaving in poetry|
|23:15||Enjoying poems yourself|
|25:26||Copywork and memorization|
|31:07||Let the kids speak|
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Quotes to remember:
“We really hamstring ourselves when we think poetry’s got to be serious, exalted, or that we’ve got to ‘teach’ it.” – Sally Thomas
“Memorized poems are a tiny bit of beauty tucked into your pocket. Your kids can pull it out anytime and look at it.” – Sarah Mackenzie
“A lot of people are afraid to trust the surface of the poem, because they’ve been taught that it’s just a mask for something else—that you haven’t really ‘understood’ the poem until you’ve taken the mask off. But it’s not like you’ve missed the point. If you just read the surface, you’ve still gotten it.” – Sally Thomas