Here we are at week four of the very casual, very flexible Poetry Challenge for Kids. I must say, my kids have been enjoying poetry all month long, even more than I had anticipated. Both boys still like to show me how they can recite the poem from week one by heart!
Last week's poem was a silly one. We spent the week making up ridiculous (and quite terrible, from a literary stand point) limericks. The boys had so much fun, I hope that we can keep it up. I have a stack of poetry books from the library and New Kid has been bringing me one of them to read almost every day. I'm still reciting "Jabberwocky" to him every night. He has it mostly memorized himself and now I am trying to convince him to allow me to capture it with video! Wouldn't that be a treat for the grandparents.
Yet, here I am chattering away. You are -- dare I say -- excited to get to the reveal of this week's poem!
This week I could not decide between 2 poems by Christina Rossetti, so you can take your pick! Both are delightful and will generate a bit of conversation, but the shorter poem could get older kids opening up about the meaning of the poem.
Printer friendly copy --> Rossetti poems (both poems are in the same pdf file)
If you are new to the challenge, no worries. You can start any time of the year, not just National Poetry Month! Read the "official" rules at the introductory post. Although "rules" seems much too strong a word. The basic gist is to live and recite a poem for a week. Let it sink in. Enjoy its many meanings. Memorize it (if you want).
- Fine free digital copies of Rossetti's works at Project Gutenberg.
- Learn more about Christina Rossetti.
Have you been following along with the poetry challenge? Only one more week to go!