I have been a fan of poetry since I was a little girl. I always loved reading poetry books and listening to poetry being read aloud. This carried on as I got older. When I was in highschool in the 90s, I used to visit coffee shops to listen to their poetry reading nights. I even participated in a few! I know, now I am aging myself!
As a mother, I enjoy immersing my children in poetry. We read lots of poetry in our homeschool, my children read them outloud to me, and I to them. I have lots of poetry books laying all over the house. We have a lot of fun picking poems to memorize and recite aloud in our homeschool. Poetry is one of those enrichment type of studies that you don’t need a full curriculum for. I love finding different styles of poetry, or a specific poet and creating my own unit study with books and free printables.
If you are wanting to incorporate some poetry in your homeschool you will enjoy these huge list of freebies I have gathered up! There is such a wide variety to pick and choose from, so you can get as creative as you would like with it. You can pick a specific style and work on reading that style and having your children try writing that style of poem. Or you can pick a specific poet and study his or her works for a few weeks at a time.
FREE Poetry Worksheets and Printables:
FREE poetry style lessons from Writing With Sharon Watson:
You may also enjoy these specific themed poetry studies:
We have created some worksheets and notebooking units to help you teach poetry in your homeschool.
These are all FREE and combined together with other printables and unit studies, they could create a pretty amazing poetry binder!
How to Teach Poetry in Your Homeschool with FREE Poetry Printable Pack – samples and templates for 5 types of poems
Poetry Analysis Printable Pack to Study ANY Poem – this pack has a poetry analysis form, pages for illustrating the poem and a printable on imagery. This can be used to analyze any poem.
Poetry Terminology Copywork Notebook – This 23 page notebooking pack will have your students learn 20 key poetry terms and their definitions while practicing their print handwriting skills. This is an instant download.
My favorite way to “teach” poetry in our homeschool is by reading different poems from a wide variety of poets. We usually do this in the morning, at breakfast, or around the table at lunch time.
These poetry books are my favorite, and we own all of these in our homeschool library:
Poetry for Young People: Emily DickinsonA Treasury of Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Carl Sandberg, Walt WhitmanPoetry for Young People: Robert Louis StevensonA Child’s Garden of VersesWhen We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh)Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and DrawingsPoems to Learn by HeartSing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the YearThe Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!