Truelight Academy Home Education Guide
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Poetry provides a wonderful way to express feelings and enjoy the world around us.  I feel it is a very important part of education from birth and on through adulthood.  It develops literacy, abstract thinking and imagination for starters.  To begin, we just read poetry together (parent and child).  We have a suggested list of collections or individual poets to study each year.  There is so much poetry out there, that you can really follow your individual tastes... but hopefully my list will give you a starting point. 

Poetry is also excellent for memorization work.  I highly recommend beginning to memorize poems as soon as a child is able.  Memorize and recite poems yourself to encourage your child to follow.  The more we develop our brain power the healthier our brains will be through life.  And being able to recall beloved poems to memory can help us through trials in life.  Thoughts are influential.

Poems are great to use for copywork and dictation.  Children can begin copying poems around age 5 or 6.

After reading, memorizing and copying poems... it is time to write original poems.  By age 9 or 10 a child will be ready to learn.  But younger children who are interested and captivated by poems, can also begin to write.  There are so many different styles of poems, that at least one style should inspire each child to try. 

General Resources to use every year:

Resources to use Year by Year:

Nursery Age 0: 

Nursery Age 1:
  • When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
Preschool Age 2:
  • Animals, Animals by Eric Carle
Preschool Age 3: Kindergarten Age 4:
  • A Child's Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll
Kindergarten Age 5: Primary Grade 1: Primary Grade 2: Primary Grade 3: Elementary Grade 4: Elementary Grade 5: Elementary Grade 6: Intermediate Grade 7:
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Intermediate Grade 8:
  • Emily Dickinson
Intermediate Grade 9:
  • Robert Frost
Senior Grade 10:
  • Eliza R. Snow
Senior Grade 11:
  • Carl Sandburg or Edgar Allan Poe
Senior Grade 12:
  • Shakespeare Sonnets

Resources for learning to write poetry:

Primary Grades 1 - 3:

  • Poetry Prompts: Grades 1 - 3 by Ruth Solski from S&S Learning Materials
Elementary Grades 4 - 6:
  • Poetry Prompts: Grades 4 - 6 by Ruth Solski from S&S Learning Materials
  • How to Read, Recite, and Delight in All Kinds of Poetry by Joy N. Hulme & Donna W. Guthrie
  • Imitation in Writing: The Grammar of Poetry Primer by Matt Whitling
Intermediate Grades 7 - 9:
  • Teaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Imitation in Writing: The Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whitling
Senior Grades 10 - 12:
  • How to Write a Poem by Margaret Ryan


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