Introducing Poetry into Your Homeschool | Poetry Tea Time

Deciphering new words through context is one of the most organic ways of learning which makes teaching poetry in your homeschool a great family-time activity with educational benefits.

The idea of reading poetry as a family invokes warm, fuzzy thoughts of sitting by the fire with a warm cup of tea with children listening intently conjuring up visual imagery of the poetic verses being being read.

Poetry helps children develop rhythm. 

The rhythmic structure of stanzas can help kids bridge the gap between words they know and words they don’t. 

Reading Aloud in Your Homeschool

The growing trend toward incorporating hands-on, family-oriented homeschool activities like Read-Aloud Revival and Poetry Tea Time has some families taking a step back from rigorous curriculum and reveling in the joy and relaxed atmosphere they envisioned when first embarking on their homeschooling journey. 

Poetry Tea Time, founded by Brave Writer’s Julie Bogart offers tips on how to incorporate poetry reading into your homeschool day.  Julie is the author of the Poetry Tea Time Companion.

Teaching Poetry Enhances Problem-Solving Skills

While memorization is not a favored learning style in my own homeschool, it has its advantages in terms of learning new language and building success with mathematic concepts.  Reading poetry helps children develop memorization skills that they will apply throughout their life.

Poems use the creative flow of words and emotion to convey a message to the reader.  Working through problems and emotions is a valuable life skill for young children and poetry can help kids develop their ability to express emotions.


According to Vanesa Pacheco, MFA Poetry, “Poetry is often seen as an elite style of writing or as rhyming love notes, ala Sonnet 18.

“Usually, this stems from basic teachings of poetry where poems are all mirror images of themselves that don’t allow for experimentation or exploration by students, especially children.”

“If we let children read and write poetry, it will show them that writing doesn’t always have to fit into pre-designed structures. It can also push them to think of the world from multiple perspectives, through metaphors, symbolism etc. which is super important for all kinds of writing and life in general.”

The Best Poetry Books For Kids 

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children features 572 unforgettable poems, and over 400 one-of-a-kind illustrations from the Caldecott-winning illustrator of Frog and Toad series, Arnold Lobel.

Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends is another favorite filled with hilarious illustrations and masterful poems, perfect for older kids.

The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry brings the animals of the forests, mountains, jungles, deserts, rivers, seas, and even your own backyard to life on every page.

The Waldorf Book of Poetry includes more than 425 poems by classic and modern poets in a comprehensive collection that reveals the power of imagination in a wide variety of subjects.

Designed to be used along with Poetry Tea Time, Poetry Tea Time Companion  is an anthology of classic poems that will help your family bring the practice to life.

Poetry Homeschool Curriculum Resources

The Let’s Write Imagery Poems unit study from WriteShop is an inexpensive option and gives children (ages 8-14) step-by-step directions and printable worksheets for using imagery to compose their own poems.

Let’s Write Imagery Poems includes 20 printable activities and worksheets, including:

practice exercises
brainstorming worksheets
poem planning worksheets
word banks
colorful lined writing pages

Parents that prefer a step-by-step process to lead students of all levels through writing couplets, cinquains, haikus, and limericks, Writing Poetry with Children may be an option.

Teaching poetry to kids or including it in your homeschool should be approached in a fun and relaxed manner rather than incorporating trite, regimented coursework as just another box to check off on your daily to-do list.

One way to approach the poetry genre is to participate in National Poetry Month each April. This shorter block of time, if you’re not ready to commit to weekly Poetry Tea Time or a curriculum, is a fun, easy and stress-free way to introduce poetry.

Have you introduced poetry in Your homeschool? What are some of your favorite resources, which ones do your kids enjoy?  Comment below and let me know!


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