The Week of the Young Child, a celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is observed in April. April is also National Poetry Month. This is a great time to start some poetry activities with young children if you haven’t started them already!
Teaching poetry to young children is one of my favorite activities. Even when I was the director of my school and not teaching full-time, I still taught poetry and music twice a week at group time and creative writing during individual work time.
There are so many fun activities that can be used to introduce young children to poetry and rhythm. Today, I’ll share some Montessori-inspired poetry activities that can be used for a poetry unit or as individual poetry activities. There are many types of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for young children that are wonderful for group activities, too.
Montessori-Inspired Preschool Poetry Activities
Oh, Precious Words from My Montessori Journey
Our Summer Poetry Basket from Chasing Cheerios
Poetry: ‘Springtime’ from To the Lesson!
Poem of the Week from Our Montessori Home
Ladybug Poetry Basket from Discovery Days and Montessori Moments
Poetic Play from The Little List
Poetry and Rhyming Words from Rockabye Butterfly
Poetry Lives from Countryside Montessori School
Poetry for Kids Kit (available for purchase) from Montessori for Everyone
Montessori Services Poetry Materials (available for purchase)
Montessori Elementary Poetry Activities
April: National Poetry Month! (or How to Eat a Poem) from It’s Elementary!
World Poetry Day from Contemplating Montessori
Poetry Posts from The Very Montessori Blog
A Closer Look from MariaMontessori.com
Montessori Language Arts: Summer and Poetry from North American Montessori Center
Poetry Reading List from Middleburg Montessori School
When Poetry Meets Grammar from Keystone Montessori School
Montessori Students Explore Poetry and Life as a Poet (Children’s Meeting House Montessori School in Loveland) in Loveland Magazine
Animal Poetry (Original poetry based on the animals of Africa by elementary Montessori students who worked with a performance artist) from Montessori Magnet School
Montessori Coffee House from Maria Montessori School
Poetry Café for Valentines’ Day from Country Village Montessori School
Poetry Pinterest Board
I have a Kids’ Poetry Pinterest board with activities of all types and for many different levels.
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