On Thursday next week, some of Christchurch’s brightest and bravest young poets will take to the mic to perform their work for National Poetry Day. And I’m thrilled that some of them are my students.
In the build up to this celebration of poetry, I’ve been doing lots of work on poems with my classes. It’s great fun to explore concepts such as rhyme and rhythm, which children’s poetry does so well. National Poetry Day, is also an opportunity for all of us parents and teachers to read more poetry to our children. Not just the funny, bouncing rhymes of childhood, but poetry that explores feelings, ideas, places and things. That way we can help inspire the next generation of poets.