ZOOM POETRY CLUB!

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!  Short 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 msuicality of the poems. 

 

Poems we read

 

1. The Jumblies by Edward Lear from Shout, Whisper & Sing, 101 Poems to Read Aloud, compiled by Beverley Mathias, Bodley Head

2. The Green Bear, by Richard Edwards from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.

3. Us Two by A A Milne from Now We Are Six, Folio Edition

4. It’s a Puzzle,  from Orange, Silver, Sausage edited by James Carter & Graham Denton, published by Walker Books.

5. Since Hanna Moved Away by Judith Viorst 

6. David, by Matt Goodfellow, from Bright Bursts of Colour,  Bloomsbury

7. What can you do with a football? by James Carter 

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

9. The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from Shout, Whisper & Sing, 101 Poems to Read Aloud, compiled by Beverley Mathias, Bodley Head

Here are some of the activities that your children can do after the Zoom Poetry Club!

 

Do the Friendship word search

Imagine you are going to play a Five-a-Side friendly football match!   1.Make a list players from around the world  2. Design and draw the strip for your team 3. Then I would like you to draw the flag of the country each player comes from. 4. Lastly, find one ‘favourite fact’ from each country.

Or

Imagine you are going to organise a friendly tennis tournament!   1. Choose 4 women players each from different countries 2. Draw the flags of the countries they come from.  3. Choose one ‘favourite fact’ from each country.

Think of the things that you like most of all about your friends: make a mind map of those qualities and decorate it.

Write an acrostic poem using the word ‘Friends’

Make Friendship Tokens

Make a Friendship bracelet

Have fun!

Friendship Bracelets 

Materials:  Coloured Wool, Sticky Tape, Scissors

Method:

Get your strands of wool together. For a three strand braid you can use three colours, either using three or six strands of wool.Tie the strands together in a knot.
Fasten the wool at the knot to a table using sticky tape.
Using six strands will give you a thicker bracelet, but treat them like you only have three strands. Using a three strand braid, plait the wool together.
Once you’re finished, tie a knot at the other end. Then fasten it round your friend’s wrist, and cut away any extra bits.

This is a lovely campfire song that I loved singing when I was a Guide.  The words are: “Make new friends, But keep the old! One is silver and the other gold.” Try singing along.

4 Comments

  1. Beth Brooker

    Great session again today….Abbie has just gone for her daily walk to post a friendship token through the door of one of her school friends…

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    • Anna Dreda

      Oh how lovely – did she take a photo of it before she posted it by any chance?

      Reply
  2. Abbie Steward

    I love the Poetry club it’s really fun and we get to do amazing activities!

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    • Anna Dreda

      Thank you Abbie, I’m so glad you are enjoying the Zoom Poetry Club! I love it, too!

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