by Robert Louis Stevenson
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
- memorization (I love reading Andrew Pudewa’s reasons for memorization – click on the sample of this curriculum and you can read his “why”)
- copywork – after we memorize, I will have the girls write it from memory
- spelling – after we memorize and then write from memory, we check for any misspelled words
- unit study go-alongs – I have Favorite Poems for Children and will use this book or just google to find a poem that relates to any topic we are studying
- illustrations – as we memorize and write poems, we often use our creative juices to make our own illustrations of the poem
- learning about poetry itself – rhyming words, patterns, stanzas, structure
- learning history through poetry – we have memorized poems like In 1492 as well as O Captain, My Captain! about history time periods we are studying
- weekly “tea time” – we did this in the past and I would like to find time for it again – read poetry, have a snack, chat together
- Here’s a Little Poetry unit – PreK-1st grade poetry unit
- Poetry unit study – 2nd-5th grade poetry study with notebooking pages
- Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – resources for a unit study on this poem – another one of my favorites that we have memorized!
- Song of the Water Boatman – combine poetry and science! learning about ponds and poetry together!
- Poem Stew – another unit study combining poetry with several other subjects
- HUGE poetry lapbook!!