April is National Poetry Month. If you are looking for a great book to model poetry for your child, consider:
Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art is one of my favorite books to read with my children because I like the premise of the book. As the author walked through the National Gallery of Art one day, she was inspired by the paintings she saw, and in her head began to hear music. The music became a poem and this book is a collection of thirteen poems inspired by famous artwork.
Activity: Read aloud this book with your child and talk about the pictures and how the author wrote the poetry. If you have an art museum nearby, consider taking your child to it and peruse the paintings. Determine a favorite painting and purchase a small postcard in the gift shop of that painting. When home, encourage your child to write a poem based on the painting. If your child can’t write yet, ask him to dictate a poem to you. If you don’t have a museum nearby, use a piece of your child’s own artwork to inspire a poem. Or, use photographs or pictures from magazines.
It’s not the poem that matters, but the experience of relating a picture into words. “Reading” pictures is a precursor to actual reading, so if your child isn’t reading yet, this is a fun activity to do anytime, but especially during National Poetry Month!
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