Children's Poetry

Original children's poetry and artwork, and tips for writing poetry.

For the pre-emergent and emergent reader

Through the use of these poetry ideas, skill building such as letter/sound recognition, phonemic and oral elements, spelling, reading and writing are being practiced.  I update my poems and activities, so continue to check out your locker and peek in the cubby!



Hi cubby users!


MYSTERY PICTURE #2 -


DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS A PICTURE OF?


SEND ME YOUR GUESSES, I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!



 


This is my first mystery picture. 


Can you tell what it's an image of? 


Guess!


update:  


Most of you have overwhelmingly guessed correctly- Good for you!


it's a rabbit!

Parents and grandparents, what to do on a rainy day? Read the following poem from my book "Spinning Circles: Action Poems" out loud to your child and have them 'trot like a horse', 'trudge like an elephant', chirp, and skip!


















WHAT SHOULD WE DO TODAY?


Should we trot like horses?


CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP!


Should we trudge like elephants?


STOMP, STOMP, STOMP!


Should we chirp like birds do? 


TWEET, TWEET, TWEET!


Should we skip and jump on our own two feet?





"Grasshopper" is one of my poems published in Turtle Magazine






Okay - now it's time to guess which bug is the grasshopper



Cubby readers, can you pretend to dance the ballet? Or can you flutter like a butterfly? How about whirling gently around?







SET THE BUTTERFLY FREE! 





BEGIN AT THE "START" SIGN AND FIND YOUR WAY TO THE SKY WHERE THE BUTTERFLY CAN FIND THE POEM:




Today the sun shines yellow,

the sky in streaky blues.

It's getting warmer out -

And I don't wear my shoes!




MY EYES

 MY OPEN EYES SEE SUNSHINE'S LIGHT,


AT NIGHT I SLEEP AND CLOSE THEM TIGHT. 

 

 EYES OPEN. EYES CLOSE.

NEXT TIME WE'LL RHYME ABOUT OUR ______!

(point to the nose, and have the child finish the poem!) 

 Toddlers and very young children learn easily through 'body talk' since they're curious.  

We'll rhyme our way from head to toe.  

MY NOSE

  MY NOSE SMELLS FOOD,

AND FLOWERS, TOO.

AND WHEN ITCHY,

I SNEEZE - "AA-CHOO!"

Parents, you know how enacting a sneeze by "Aa-choo!" can send a toddler into a giggling frenzy!

   

MY MOUTH


I USE MY MOUTH

TO DRINK AND EAT.

I SPEAK, BUT HUM

WHEN MY LIPS MEET.

 

Hum together with your child, creating different tones and experimenting with the voice. 

PICTURE POETRY!

SING, HUM,

BUZZ LIKE A __________. BEE

TWEET LIKE A LITTLE BIRD

PERCHED IN A _________.TREE

  

 MY ARMS AND HANDS

 MY ARMS AND HANDS

REACH OUT AND TUG,

THEY LIFT AND PUSH

AND HELP ME HUG

 

  

MY TUMMY

 MY TUMMY GRUMBLES -

TIME TO EAT;

FRUITS AND VEGGIES,

BREAD AND MEAT. 

 

 MONKEY MAZE

 

Parents, help your child find the path for the monkey to the bananas he wants to eat! 

MY LEGS AND FEET

I WALK, I RUN,

I SKIP, I HOP,

AND WHEN THE DAY IS DONE

I STOP. 

  

BATH TIME RHYME
by Raven Howell

 Plop, plop,

Plink, plink,

Water drips down in the sink.

Sploosh, splash,

Rub-a-dub,

Now I'm washing in the tub!

                                        

Bath time is a great time to chant rhymes together with children, or to share short rhyming sing-a-longs.  By doing this, you teach rhyming patterns and sound recognition from a very early age.  

This poem features onomatopoeia, and words such as "plink" and "plop" and "sploosh" can be fun to play with!

 Rhymes all around you!

Look at the picture above.  Can you find the fish?  How many are there?  What are they doing? 

FISH SWISH!

Point to the boat in the tub.  What can a boat do?

A BOAT CAN FLOAT

Welcome!

Where You'll Find What

To learn about my writing and poetry background, go to About Me.  

For my published work, poetry and art samples and displays, go to the Gallery.

Teachers looking for guidance, go to the Lounge area.

Kids, if you're a beginning or independent reader, go to your Locker.

If you're younger, there are lots of surprises in your Cubby! This is a great place for parents and grandparents.


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