I did not get auto-corrected in that title – you read it right, we did a Poet Tree project to get us started with National Poetry Month! I have to make a disclaimer right here: this is NOT my idea. I saw this somewhere a while back – during a previous National Poetry Month, probably on Pinterest or a blog. So if you see this, and it’s your idea – tell me so I can give credit where credit is due!
Alright, on to the fun little project we’ve started. I decided to have a little fun with poetry this month. We added Poetry Teatime to our homeschool routine quite a while ago, and it’s one of our MOST loved activities we do in our homeschool. (If you’re interested in more about Poetry Teatime, CLICK HERE to read my recent post about how and why we love Poetry Teatime in our homeschool) So, finding nice ways to really embrace the Bravewriter lifestyle we love so much, isn’t necessarily a new idea. But I’ll be honest – poetry is STILL after all this time, an area where I don’t feel 100% confident. So when I remembered this Poet Tree idea, and remembered early enough in the month of April to really make some good use of it, I thought “Let’s DO THIS!” and we got to work.
It’s very simple, really. We created a tree with bare branches – my much-more-artistically-inclined husband sketched it for us first onto craft board, and then my daughter painted it. It’s not huge, because we don’t have a ton of wall space – but you could really make this a much grander event if you used rolled art paper and made a really big trunk and branches! But we have a small space so we kept it small-ish.
So now that we have our trunk/branches painted onto our base, we will pin it to our wall and here’s the fun part: every time we read a poem, we’re going to write the poet’s name and the title of the poem onto a leaf (crafted from construction paper) and tape it to a branch.
The idea is that by the end of April, our Poet Tree will be lush and full and we’ll have minds that have been stuffed full of beautiful poetry! As I mentioned already, we read poems at least once per week as part of our homeschool routine – but often, we just read them and then move on to the next poem and the next… and to be honest, I often forget from week to week which poems we’ve read. So, this is a really great opportunity for us to stop, think about what we read and then copy the poet and title – hopefully locking it away in our minds a little better, and giving us a chance to reflect on what we’ve read. An added bonus is that it’s a fun way for us to bring “budding springtime” into our home as we wait for Spring to arrive outside!
I’ll post again at the last day of National Poetry Month and hopefully we’ll have a Poet Tree full of awesomeness to show off!
Do you do something fun to celebrate poetry this month? Share your ideas in the comments section below – we are always happy to find new ways to embrace poetry in our homeschool!