Resources for Teaching Poetry

April is National Poetry Month which makes it a great time of year to add some poetry lessons into your homeschool. Poetry offers the opportunity to stretch creative writing muscles. It also can provide children who may struggle with writing reports and prose a chance to excel in a different writing style.

In my house, we are reading a few poems a day and then working on writing poems. You may also wish to work on memorizing a poem or two if that is not already part of your homeschool curriculum.

Some resources for reading poetry include:

Poems to Learn by Heart – Caroline Kennedy

A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children  – Caroline Kennedy

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children – Jack Prelutsky

The Harp and Laurel Wreath – Laura Berquist

A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson

Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times – Meghan Bausch

Poems for Children –

Children’s Poetry Archive – Listen to poems read aloud. offers a large number of poetry writing lessons (with examples):

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at