Regie Routman shares here delightful selection of free verse poems written by kindergartners that will inspire your students to think, I can write poems like this too! Regie provides strategies for using kids' poems as models to guide children to write poems about things they know and care about: eating popcorn, playing in June, wishing for a pet dog and more. She describes the way she invites children to study the model poem, beginning by asking kids, What do you notice? She shows how she demonstrates the poetry-writng process to children: thinking aloud and drafting poems about her own life, and then collaborating on a poem together before children write on their own. Includes 20 reproducible poems written and illustrated by kindergartners to share with kids. Perfect for classroom teachers and parents!
Advantages of Writing Poetry in Kindergarten:
• requires little writing to express ideas—it's "short and sweet." Kids need to write only a few words; content is shorter and done faster. That helps kids stay focused and takes the struggle out of writing!