Poetry Writing with Children

I enjoyed reading Great Writing from a Small Child. When I read the post, my 5-year-old had written a poem. The requirements were the poem had to be about you and the end of every line must rhyme with dog. Can you believe not many words qualify? His poem:

I have a dog.
I like to sing about a frog.
In P.E., I sometimes jog.
I never go out in the fog.

The second line is too true. He sings the “Life Cycle of a Frog” many times in a week since learning that in pre-school. I had fun helping him with this. I wish homework with all the kids would be this enjoyable.

We started by coming up with words that rhymed with dog. He went through the whole alphabet. We added frog.

Next, he came up with the first line easily. I told him to pick one of the words and try to make a sentence out of it about him. If the “og” word didn’t come at the end, I talked it out with him to rearrange the sentence until it did.

I loved writing poetry when I was a kid. The only time I do it as an adult is for someone’s birthday or a special occasion. I did one for my husband’s 30th and 40th birthdays.

How I wish I had those poems I wrote. I save my kids’ poems. They don’t do one often. Last year in third grade, my son’s class did poems where the first word or two had to begin with specific works:

I am…

I wonder…

I hear…

I see…

I want…

I am…

I thought that was a wonderful idea. He wrote an amazing poem. This from a kid who hated reading and writing — so it surprised me. It was that good.

Maybe we adults should try the above and see what we get.

1 thought on “Poetry Writing with Children”

  1. Hey, cute little poem. I’ve worked with primary school children, and some of the eleven year olds can’t write a poem as good!
    I am interested in helping kids find their inner poet, and helping adults help the kids do it too. I have written an article on the subject, and helping others discover their creativity is a bit of a mission for me.


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