Zoom Poetry Club!

Poetry for Children ~ at home

 

Many moons ago, I used to hold a Poetry Club in the bookshop for children aged 7 – 10 years old. While pondering how best I could help with ‘home-schooling’ my four grand-children, I realised that the obvious thing for me to do was to establish a way of reading and enjoying poetry in the virtual world – hence the Zoom Poetry Club! The first one was such fun to do that I thought I could offer it not just to my grand-children but to any who might like it – so jump in, and enjoy yourselves!

Just a tip, I encourage the children to have blank paper and crayons/felt tips etc on the table while we are ‘zooming’, and I invite them to doodle during any of the longer poems ~ this seems to help them to listen!  Shorter poems I often read more than once.  I don’t ask the children to analyse the poems in any way at all – these sessions are all about the fun and pleasure of listening to the rhymes and rhythms, the musicality of the poems.

POEMS FOR MONDAY

POEMS FOR WEDNESDAY

Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell from the The Dragon Book of Verse, edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark 

Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan

The Pirate Story by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Skateboard by Willard R Espy from Haven’t You Grown, poems about families selected by Belinda Hollyer, published by Kingfisher 

Teddy Bear  by AA Milne from When We Were Very Young by AA Milne, published by Methuen

Children’s Song by R. S. Thomas from Best-Loved Poems edited by Neil Philip, published by Little, Brown 

Swing Song by AA Milne from Now We Are Six by AA Milne published by Methuen.

The Big Things by James Carter from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books. 

Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field from Best-Loved Poems edited by Neil Philip, published by Little, Brown 

Where go the Boats by Robert Louis Stevenson from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, published by Puffin

A Piper by Seamus O’Sullivan from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, published by Puffin 

A Boy’s Song by James Hogg from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, published by Puffin 

Clowns by Margaret Mahy from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, published by Puffin 

Sand Between the Toes by AA Milne from When We Were Very Young by AA Milne, published by Methuen

Roller Skaters by Grace Nichols

Jump-rope Mum by Justin Coe from The Magic of Mums by Justin Coe, published by Otter-Barry Books

The Engineer by AA Milne from Now We Are Six by AA Milne published by Methuen.

Mapping our World by Linda Newbery from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books. 

In the Dark by AA Milne from Now We Are Six by AA Milne published by Methuen.

OUR FRIDAY FAVOURITES

Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell from the The Dragon Book of Verse, edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark

Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan

The Big Things by James Carter from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.

Where go the Boats by Robert Louis Stevenson from I Like this Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure, edited by Kaye Webb, published by Puffin

Jump-rope Mum by Justin Coe from The Magic of Mums by Justin Coe, published by Otter-Barry Books

Mapping our World by Linda Newbery from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.

 

Our special poem this week is: Mapping our World by Linda Newbery

Mapping our World by Linda Newbery

The stream. Our special place,

In a tangle of woods

At the edge of the park.

It flowed through our childhood,

Ripple-voiced, light-darting,

With minnows in the shallows,

Mind-monsters in the deeps.

We followed it, mapped it,

Named its broads and narrows,

Its dams, falls and pools,

Waded, splashed, climbed, fished,

Knew the deep slow places under trees,

The soft mud that sucked at our legs,

The small Niagara where leaves rode the rapids,

The creaking branch, a bridge 

For teetering tightrope-walkers,

The spangled green moss-cushion,

The lurking crocodile log.

We knew that scattered acorn-cups

Held drinks for fairies,

And that hazelnuts 

Were nibbled by tiny teeth.

We knew the magic there

Would shimmer and dazzle

If only we could come by moonlight,

To see what crept from the mudbank

Abseiled from the trees 

And danced in the shadows

Enchanting the fish.

While we whispered plans and secrets

The grown-ups shared flasks and gossip.

Answering their call, we came at last

Across the grass, wild with adventure,

Mud-streaked, moss-flecked, twig-snagged,

Story-mazed, stream-charmed,

And pitied them – 

For their world

So much smaller than ours.

from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books. 

Used with kind permission of the author.

You can use the wordsearch for fun, of course!  You can also use it to get to know the poem better:

 Find where the poet has used these words.

Have a go at making a very different poem with the same words (you will need to add your own words, too)

Draw pictures to illustrate the words.

Why do you think the poet has used these particular words?

Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a lovely poem about a mother getting her children to sleep at night.  It might be fun to learn it off by heart?

We had such fun with this poem today!  How very different is this 11 year old!

The Skateboard by William R. Espy

My daddy has bought me a skateboard

he tried it out first at the store.

And that is the reason why Mommy

says Daddy can’t walk anymore.

 

from Haven’t You Grown, poems about families selected by Belinda Hollyer, published by Kingfisher 

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4 Comments

  1. Elsie

    My favourite poem today was the jumblies

    Reply
    • Anna Dreda

      I like it too, Elsie – and it was fun having you all join in with the chorus!

      Reply
  2. Sid

    Today I like the shark poem

    Reply
    • Anna Dreda

      I like that one too, Sid: it’s super-scary!

      Reply

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