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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A (Printable) Poem Every Month: March

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Searching for a very light poetry curriculum for young kids that a) included real poetry, and b) gave a little information about authors, just as our music and art studies do, I kept coming up empty-handed. 

(if you know of one, let me know)

I did find a copy of an old public-domain book called Three Years With the Poets and started adapting its suggested poetry – formatting it nicely, including “Victorian” clip art and writing a little blurb about one author a month.

imageThe result is a loose curriculum called “A Poem Every Month.”  As the original book suggests, each month includes a short main selection along with three “elective” poems.  These can be used for memorization, but so far, we’re just reading the main one together a couple of times a week. 

My kids have been fascinated by the brief biography of Robert Louis Stevenson for March.  It’s always nice to be able to put a name and a few facts together with a poem, and there are some truly great authors included in this series.

Read the March poem below or download a booklet of poems from March to June (including biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Browning, William Shakespeare, and Anonymous ;-)).

  • Download this printable from my General Studies printables page here.  Scroll down to “Poetry”.
  • For Limudei Kodesh (Jewish Studies) printables, click here.

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THE WIND

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

I saw you toss the kites on high

And blow the birds about the sky ;

And all around I heard you pass,

Like ladies' skirts across the grass—

O wind, a-blowing all day long,

O wind, that sings so loud a song !

 

I saw the different things you did.

But always you yourself you hid.

I felt you push, I heard you call,

I could not see yourself at all—

O wind, a-blowing all day long,

O wind, that sings so loud a song !

 

O you that are so strong and cold,

O blower, are you young or old ?

Are you a beast of field and tree.

Or just a stronger child than me ?

O wind, a-blowing all day long,

O wind, that sings so loud a song !

5 comments:

Richele said...

Hi Jennifer -
Thanks for helping other home educators with Poetry Appreciation by submitting your post to the CM Blog Carnival!
Richele

rachaelnz said...

I love poetry too - I think "Anonymous" may be one of our favourites, lol!
Thankyou for sharing your poetry pages with us!
Rachael in NZ

Jimmie said...

What a great freebie. Thanks for sharing that. I think that picture would make a great notebooking page for copying some of these poems too.

Carletta said...

Love the freebie! Thanks!

Amber said...

Neat! Thank you!