Each child will need a three-ring notebook or a pocket folder.
First, let the children decorate their POETRY SONGBOOKS with markers,
crayons, and other art materials.
Each week prepare a copy of a favorite song, poem, or rhyme that
relates to a classroom theme. Here are three examples you can use:
Days of the Week, Apples.
Click each one to download a pdf file you can print from Adobe Acrobat
Increase the font size and double space between words to meet children's
After singing or saying the poem orally, tell the children that
you have a copy of the song just for them so they can save it in their
Distribute copies to the children and have them point to the words
as you sing together.
Let them decorate their pages with their personal illustrations,
then hole punch and put them in their notebooks.
Use during the week for:
Shared reading - sing or read together as a large group
Guided reading - use with a small group to reinforce skills such
as letters, words, punctuation, etc.
Independent reading - use for quiet reading or buddy reading
Weekend homework - have children take these home each weekend and
say or sing the poem to someone in their home. That person can sign
their name and write their "compliments" on the page.
Hint! Add a wiggly eye to a jumbo craft stick to make a pointer for
children to use as they read and sing along.