July 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm 3 comments

I ‘ve started using my free Language Arts Curriculum. I planned it for our family, so it fits us well. 🙂  You need to take the materials and plan how it will fit your family. For instance the poetry section you could use as something for once a week. I took it and used it for a one-month study.

It is made for all ages. Last year we didn’t focus on grammar so this year we are going to. Next year I may focus more on writing and just use the internet to reinforce grammar terms and principles. We’ll see. The point is you can decide what to do with the curriculum. You don’t have to do it all.

Our Poetry Month

Monday and Wednesday we sat together and I read aloud from our poetry books. We don’t have library access so I just used what we had on hand. We have all the small poems and fourteen more, a collection of Emily Dickenson poems, a collection of Robert Frost poems and Poem Stew.

During this time I pointed out different poetic devices when I saw them and then had them point them out after that. We found similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia, pun, idiom and oxymoron. You can find a list of these and links to learn about them in the curriculum. I didn’t plan this ahead of time. Just as I saw them. You could have your child learn about one and then search to find an example in a poetry book.

A chart of the different kinds of poetic devices

Wall Cards one page print out for each device (one is pictured)

(these are found on the English page of the Links blog under Language)

Tuesday and Thursday I told them about a specific kind of poem and read them an example. Then they had to write that kind of poem. They did 2 words, couplet, limerick, diamante, acrostic, shape, haiku, sense poem. Here are the links to the places I got the examples from:

examples of many different types of poems

more examples and directions

types of poetry wall cards  (pictured)

My son used these online tools to help him write these poems:




There are a couple other online tools. All of these links and more (all referenced in the curriculum are found on the Writing page of the Links blog (under English). You have to scroll way down to Poems.

Then on Friday I read to the kids from Psalms. On Saturdays they wrote their own Psalm. They are anxious to come up with tunes for them so we can start singing them during our family worship time. We managed a tune to one so far.

That’s how we did it. For the sense poem I had them make similes by using “like” for each line. It smelled like…  It tasted like…  But on their own, without assigning or prompting them put alliteration and onomatopoeia (sound words) in. I didn’t focus on trying to get them to create metaphors or anything.

My daughter was excused from one week’s poetry time because instead she was working on a lapbook for the book Holes. The book happens to feature a poem which I made a piece about. She should be done next week sometime and I will post it for all of you to use.

There are lessons on most of the poetic/literary devices in The King Will Make a Way study materials. I’m sorry them book is taking so long to publish. I’m waiting on others now who are working on editing and cover design. Eventually it will be ready and I will release the study materials to go with it. It’s for your double-digit kids, not intended for the youngest of audiences. The woman editing it is reading it aloud to her teen daughters and just wrote about how many writing lessons she is getting from the book. The one thing she pointed out in that email was this:

“With one movement she lifted the pan and poured it into bubbling broth. It hissed and spat as the oil and water quarreled. Angela briskly stirred them together and ended the dispute.”

And of course the unit study materials include the recipe for what she’s making 🙂


The closest thing to a “mini-office” I have for my kids is a language arts reference notebook that I have. I don’t have one for any other subject. These aren’t things we continually study, just touch on now and then so I like to have this so I can pull it out when we come across these things for easy reference.

I have a notebook with clear plastic pages inside. I printed out pages on the parts of speech, some grammar rules, a “student friendly” writing rubric, literary devices, poetry types and story elements.


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