Welcome back to the 50 Things to Put in a Notebook Series, based on my popular blog post of the same name. Notebooking is versatile and flexible, so don’t ever feel locked into a certain structure for your homeschool notebooks.
Have you ever considered using poems in your notebooks?
Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook: #12 Poems
A Poetry Notebook
If poetry study is a part of your language arts curriculum, you may want to keep a dedicated poetry notebook. Inside you can include
- poems copied onto notebooking pages
- poems printed from the Internet or copied from books
- biographical information about poets
- explanation of poetic forms and poetic language
I have a general goal of my daughter’s copying one poem each week for her language arts notebook. Why copy poems? The benefits of copywork are many: handwriting practice, following good models of writing, spelling, and vocabulary. Copying a poem also offers an extended opportunity to focus on it in detail and really absorb it.
But poetry is not only for the language arts notebook. You can integrate poetry into other academic areas with topical poems such as science poems or math poetry. Below is an example of a poem about ants that my daughter copied after we studied ants during our nature excursions.
It just happened that as we were studying ants, she came across a great poem about ants that fit perfectly. If that kind of serendipity doesn’t happen, you can also search out a poem for the topic you are studying.
Another option is to use poetry as the format for your narrations. Below is an example of an acrostic poem that my daughter created after a history study of the Gold Rush. Besides the word play, you can see how the poem demonstrates her understanding of the time period. Instead of a dry paragraph, she could express her learning in a more unique way.
If you have ever found your notebooks growing boring, just stay tuned to this series as you see how varied they can be. There are at least fifty different ways!