The Poetry Episode

In this episode of At Home we are talking all things poetry! But don’t worry, this episode is anything but stiff and formal. In fact, the episode begins with lots and lots of laughter as Greta and Jen express their excitement to talk about poetry while Brianne and Kristin poke fun at them for it. (and mention tacos a far bit)
Greta Eskridge leads the discussion with much enthusiasm, sharing her own journey with reading poetry. She admits her childhood wish of wanting to be like Anne of Green Gables, quoting poetry while playing dramatic games with her girlfriends.
More laughter.
Amidst all the silliness, there is a lot of great information about poetry shared in this episode. Each of us shares how we approach teaching poetry with our children, giving lots of practical and fun tips for making it enjoyable and meaningful. We share heaps of books and resources, so be sure to look at the show notes.
You may think that poetry is not for you, but in this episode, we’re out to prove you wrong. Poetry and tacos for everyone!
Now we want to know, do you have a favorite poem, poetry book or poet? Please share with us!

Show Notes

Greta Eskridge:
Quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge “Prose: words in their best order; poetry: the best words in the best order.”
Books: Honey for a Woman’s Heart and Honey for a Child’s Heart
Website: Ambleside Online (this is a whole year’s collection of poems for downloading, printing or kindle)
Greta’s Poetry Units: “Why Teaching Poetry Matters” (this one includes a massive book list)  “How to Discuss a Poem”  and  “Poetry Study on ee cummings”

Jen Dees:
Books: Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions,
Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Talking to the SunA Family of Poems by Caroline KennedyWhen We Were YoungNow We Are SixCarl Sandburg Chicago Poems

Brianne Buskey:
Book:Child’s Garden of Verses
Poem: The Camels Hump by Rudyard Kipling

Kristin Rogers:
Book: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

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