In April: All Things Poetry

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Mrs. Kelly

Poetry at Home for all AGES

Dear Parents and students,

April is National Poetry Month, an initiative that allows us to explore language in new and beautiful forms. This newsletter shares some ways that you can explore poetry at home with your children.

Happy Spring!

Mrs. Kelly - HGJH LMS

Reading Poetry

All the way through high school, children love to be read to and new studies show that listening to books can be just as effective at building literacy skills as reading them. So, if your child is a struggling or reluctant reader, try listening together or reading aloud.

Poetry is particularly fun to read to children. The whimsical use of language fires up kids' imaginations. Also, if you're tired, it can be a little easier to read three poems than three chapters of a book :)

Here are some links to child-friendly poetry to read aloud at home:

It's also fun to write poetry with your children. See the link below for all kinds of ideas!

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IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!! HGJH students - are you up for the challenge?

Have you heard of a poetry slam?

I want to give you the opportunity to share your creativity and express yourself through a poetry slam contest!! First, check out my friend, Ezekiel Garcia's poetry slam submission from 2019. Some of you may remember him from FCA Fields of Faith or FCA summer camp.

***Although his message is powerful and positive, this content is NOT geared towards elementary age children.***

Endless Pursuit- Ezekiel Garcia

How to participate in a poetry slam

JH students will have the opportunity to submit their poetry slam via my google classroom. The HGJH Library classroom code is : c6meae3

You know I love to make everything a contest! We will narrow it down to our top picks, and then the HG community will be able to vote on their favorite!

I haven't worked out all the details, but check my google classroom in the coming week for rules and deadlines!

For now: start working on how you will express yourself!!

Here are some resources to get you started:


A Little Bit of Fun- Poetry -Mad Libs Style!

Feeling a little burned out? Alternately, are you spending your day with kids who love a good laugh! Check out this poem generator that takes your words and forms them into poetry!!

April 30th is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

If we're learning at home, all the members of the family can choose a poem to copy out, slip into a pocket, and read to one another. Activities like this keep the day fresh! If we're lucky enough to be learning at school, your child should come to school with the poem tucked into their pocket. Make sure to have them practice reading it aloud at home. Not sure where to find a good poem? Here's a great resource. I hope this brings some fun and novelty to your day.

Mrs. Kelly HGJH LMS

What a wonderful opportunity to sprinkle in some AMI Creativity!! Have a lovely day!