Poems to Teach Your Kids

Some amendments have been made to this blog post since it was posted early 22 February 2012.


I love poetry; in general all styles. So when a fellow blogger passed this article on to me, I had no hesitation in sharing it here.

As mentioned in the article, poetry is often overlooked when teaching children.

I agree. There are beautiful books that can entertain and educate a child at the same time.  But poetry can and should be used in the same way.  So why isn’t it?

Poetry is more than just finding the right rhyming word.  Of course, poetry doesn’t have to rhyme. Poetry of all styles can  evoke emotion, help children explore their imagination, help discuss feelings, educate, offer alternative points of view, and encourage questions and thought.  And the magic of poetry can be so powerful to evoke a range of emotions such as laughter, tears, sadness, joy, compassion, understanding and creativity, to name just a few.

There are just so  many beautiful styles of poetry to explore. And as 2012 is the Year of Reading, it would also be lovely to encourage children and adults to include poetry.

And this article on the  10 awesome poems to teach your kids offers some suggestions

So please check out this  article:  Remember, we all have our own favourites and opinions on what is suitable to introduce to children.


And don’t forget to also check out other informative articles at Full Time Nanny,  especially if you have children or are an educator.



About Helen McKenzie Ross

Welcome to my creative world. I am an Australian actor, writer/ poet and have many passions; some of which I write about in my blog posts. I have a quirky sense of humour, and dance to the beat of my own drum. Thanks for dropping by and hope you visit again soon. I always have tea, coffee, wine and cake.
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8 Responses to Poems to Teach Your Kids

  1. johnlmalone says:

    Gee. I don’t know. I tremble when I read this list. I do not dispute that the poems are awesome but I do doubt the wisdom of introducing these to children: many are difficult even for adults. I think if I were introduced to poetry as a kid to these poems I probably wouldn’t look at poetry again. There are far more suitable poems to bring to children, classic poems. Let kids discover these laudable poems a little later after they have enjoyed the classics of childrens poetry

  2. johnlmalone says:

    further to the above I warmly suggested that my twelve year old grandaughter who is quite bright [ but aren’t they all?] should read Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’ [ 1862 ] which I consider a masterpiece of children’s ;literature. She looked it up on the internet and said, “Gee, grandad. that’s an awfully long poem.” Perhaps Goblins are no longer the go or perhaps the poem is longer that my grandaughter thought a poem should be but whatever reason she did not read it. I suspect a child’s response to ‘The Raven’ in particular would be similar. What do you think?

  3. I know a guy that recites poems like this:

    1. A dramatic telling
    2. A retelling with slightly different emphasis
    3. A highlight of certain phrases and minor commentary

    Always wondered if that’d work for kids…

    • Helen Ross says:

      Hi Lance. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for sharing this interesting way in reciting and retelling a poem. I think it could certainly work for children depending on the type of poem, and possible age group of the child. It could be easily used with older children (middle to upper primary). It would work well with fun poems. That is not to say, that it couldn’t work with other types.

      A younger listener may not quite grasp what is happening if a poem is retold with slightly different emphasis, but I think that would certainly be dependent on each child. I have read to the littlies and been quite surprised (pleasantly) as to what some children have actually picked up. But with that said, I think if you let the children know that you are going to retell it with a slightly different emphasis children will enjoy trying to pick out the differences.

      I think this could be another way of making reading/listening to poems not only fun but useful in looking at the poem in different ways.Children should never be underestimated in what they understand.

      Love to hear other people’s thoughts.

      • Well it’s good to see that you think so. I certainly know it works with adults. Orality is also popular – telling a story, having the whole group piece the story together event by event and then asking for a volunteer to tell the story a third time. This works great with adults and kids.

  4. Vladimir says:

    Hi Helen.
    Sadly, in this “new lifestyle era”, children are reading lesser and lesser in general. God forbid that they will take and read something by themselves that is out of the school plan. They behave like that is something embarrassing. Due to that, their vocabulary becomes more scarce. Of course,honor of the exceptions.

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