Poetry has been described as putting the best words in the best way and it can be a great way for children to express themselves. We have just added some new ideas to our poetry section, acrostic poems, ideal for young children.
In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line spells the subject of the poem.
Here is an acrostic about eggs:
Easy to cook
Good to eat
Great at Easter
Scrambled are my favourite.
The first set looks at acrostic poems about a castle, a lighthouse, a steam train and a dungeon. Each page has the poem laid out, ready to write but also includes space for jotting down ideas.
The second set looks at a pirate ship, a cottage, a skeleton and treasure! Plenty of ideas to get started with.
Writing poetry is rather like beginning to run, you get better by ‘doing’ it. Certainly poems do not have to rhyme, although a great deal of fun can be had in creating rhyming poems, and a good dictionary or thesaurus can be really useful in finding those ‘best words’ before putting them into the ‘best order’.