I love having Poetry Theater! Poetry Theater combines poems with performance. It’s a great way to get kids to use silly and serious language. Through poems, rhymes and little ditties children can add a bit of zing to their language. Some of these activities are great for older children who have a stronger grasp of English words and phrases. I really like creating fill-in-the blank poems. Children can be a bit more creative and are more inclined to remember the words! If you want to get started, check out GigglePoetry! They have a wonderful Yankee Doodle poem you can use. If you are a teacher, the words in this poem offer some great visuals and allows you to bring in some drawings to make the words come alive. This would be a great lesson to teach rhyming words and allow children to listen to what they are saying.
After you graduate from GigglePoetry, you may want to contact The British Council. The British Council has announced their annual poetry competition. You don’t have to live in the U.K. to compete. This is a wonderful opportunity for children all around the world. The competition is open to children between the ages of 7-11! The competition begins on September 10th and ends on October 15th! There’s no time like the present! Click here for more details!