What is Poet Study?
Older children should practice reading aloud every day, and their readings should include a good deal of poetry, to accustom him to the delicate rendering of shades of meaning, and especially to make him aware that words are beautiful in themselves, that they are a source of pleasure, and are worthy of our honour; and that a beautiful word deserves to be beautifully said, with a certain roundness of tone and precision of utterance. Quite young children are open to this sort of teaching, conveyed, not in a lesson, but by a word now and then.
Poet study is an important part of your child’s educational feast. It leads to a rich, full education. Poems have a way of articulating emotions and thoughts otherwise difficult to put into words.
Charlotte Mason encourages choosing one poet at a time. Slowing down and narrowing the focus to a single poet will result in absorbing the beautiful contribution of one life. The goal is not to be an expert on every influencer, rather, to become familiar with one or two poets per year.
Children thrive when given the opportunity to learn and recite poetry. Recitation is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and share the gift of poetry. Here are simple steps to a successful poet study:
- Choose one poet per semester.
- Once a week, brew some afternoon tea for your children and serve it with scones or cookies.
- Read aloud a poem written by the poet.
- Discuss the meaning of the poem.
- Give your student an opportunity to recite a poem written by the poet.
Over the course of a semester, your child will become familiar with the poet’s style and will start to feel comfortable in the world of poetry. Don’t underestimate what your child can understand and appreciate!
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