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With National Poetry Month coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about poetry a lot lately.
I’ve found that as much as we (grownups) may love poetry of all kinds, kids often just don’t get it if it doesn’t rhyme. Therefore take a moment this week to talk to your children about poetry, read some of your favorites to them and discuss why you like it. And you might even try writing a few poems with your kids.
It’s not as hard as it sounds! To make creating poetry easy, there are a number of handy poetry makers online. Here’s a nifty little interactive Acrostic poetry maker. It’s simple and quick, but be sure to work with your child to help them along.
What’s an acrostic poem you ask? An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word.
This site will help you create an Acrostic poem in a flash. All you need to do is enter a topic.
My daughter and I entered the topic “kids”. Next, brainstorm a list of words to help describe or remind you of your topic. For example, some of my words for describing “kids” were sweet, funny, exhausting, and energetic. (I could think of LOTS more but not all words would make a poem if you know what I mean.) Lastly, the online tool presents the letter of your topic and together you and your child can enter words in that begin with each of the letters of the topic word. Kids can print their finished acrostic poems from this site or proudly show off their work by e-mailing it to whomever they choose.
Here is the simple poem I made with my youngest. It may not be Maya Angelou but we had a great time and my children now see poetry as a fun activity.
This online poem maker can be a great start to exposing kids to different kinds of poetry, not just rhyming verse. Plus, it would make a wonderful and heartfelt Mother’s Day gift to send to Grandma or aunties or other moms in your child’s life — who knows, if you play your cards right, YOU might even get one!
And please, share your creations with us below! We’d love to see what you and your kids come up with!
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