Monday, July 13, 2009

Curriculum 2009: Poetry

Now that I've finished a couple of simple sewing projects (the nursing pillow I posted yesterday and curtains for my daughter's room), I'm back to my curriculum posts. Today, is poetry.

Poetry is a topic that I don't do well with so my hope is to expose my kids to the concepts used in poetry, but not necessarily make them experts in it. I'm also not the type of homeschooler who requires memorizing poems; my kids would balk at the idea. And since I'm working towards trying to get my daughter to enjoy learning again, I definitely don't want to do anything that I know would go against that goal...which memorizing poetry would definitely do for her.

Like many of our other language arts subjects, I will be using Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum for this. Sam will be using his Music of the Hemisphere's book, which is the first in the series. It explains all the various poetry vocabulary, giving examples of each. Things such as rhyme, rhyme scheme, eye rhyme, near rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, and meter are covered. It goes into quite a bit more than that.

Mika has already been through this book. I found that we had a very hard time hearing the supposed meter in the examples. That's ok with least she knows they exist. Like the other language arts subjects, she'll be taking the year off. Next year, she'll pick back up and do the second poetry book with Sam.

My next post will cover writing. In that post, you'll finally get to here more about what Mika will be doing in place of formal studies.

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The Four Week Vegan said...

I am the same on poetry- exposure is important to me. My youngest son actually enjoys having poems read to him.