Rainy Day Poems for Kids
I put together a poetry unit study for my early literature class at our local Homeschooling Co-op, including book suggestions, ideas for early learning, poetry appreciation for kids, and rhyming activities that engage kids in learning and are a lot of fun. Enjoy some good rainy day fun with your preschool or early elementary homeschooling kids.
Poetry can be a lot of fun!
I read some short poems to my early literature class so the kids could hear and enjoy the rhythm of the words. The earlier you begin with poetry, the more they get used to the rhythm, enjoy and understand it, and may form a life long love for it. I chose poems to read to kids that are fun for young kids and about rain, since it was a rainy day, but you could use any poems that you enjoy.
Rainy Day Poems:
- “The Storm Starts..”. by Dr Seuss in his book Oh, Say Can You Say? Because that one is so short we also read: “How to tell a Klotz from a Glotz” by Dr Seuss, in the same book, just for fun!
- “Rain” by Shel Silverstein in his book Where the Sidewalk Ends
- “The Wind Begun to Rock the Grass…” by Emily Dickinson in her book Poetry for Young People
- “Rain on the Green Grass…” by Mother Goose in the book My Very First Mother Goose
The kids were so enthusiastic that we read on in each book! They couldn’t get enough!
Another favorite of mine for young ones by Emily Dickinson is “A fuzzy fellow without feet…” in the same book mentioned above. You’ll have to look it up to see what creature she’s describing. There’s an illustration in the book, but I like to cover it and see if the kids can guess!
Other books and poems I recommend for reading young children poetry:
- Of course, much more from the authors I listed above as well as
- A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales, all six of them by Ludwig Bemelmans
- for more, see this collection of Poetry Children’s Books
Enjoy these poems with your kids and for more poetry learning fun in your poetry studies, see these activities:
- Rhyming Match Game (coming next week! 4/1/17)
- Poetry and Rhyme Craft and Activities (coming Tues, 4/9/17)
For more great book suggestions for kids and learning books for your homeschoolers, follow our What to Read Wednesday series. We share our favorite books on a different topic every Wednesday.