We welcome the month of April with pranks and jokes. Some say it originated when the calendar changed from Julian to Gregorian and the beginning of the year was moved to January 1st instead of April 1st. Years later, people who still celebrated according to the Julian New Year in April were teased and pranked by modern calendar observers.
Anywho, all joking aside, there are lots of things to celebrate in April: Easter, poetry, math, libraries, writing. So in order to celebrate properly, I put together a pack of writing prompts with April-related topics that you can download here:
Also, April is National Poetry Month and I found this amazing poetry book that I am so excited to share with you. Dare to Dream…Change the World (aff) used to be available on my Usborne page. I just found it yesterday when I was searching for poetry books. However, it seems to be out of print there now. I found it on Amazon, so that’s the link I am sharing here. I LOVE the format of this book. It features poetry by prestigious poets who are writing about famous people who have changed the lives of many. Some of the subjects include Jonas Salk, Nicholas Cobb, and Steven Spielberg. In addition to poetry about the subjects, you’ll find a brief biological portrait. Dare to Dream became a writing contest for children who entered their own poetry and nonfiction passage about inspirational people. The results of the 2013 and 2014 writing contests were turned into free downloadable eBooks. You can download those here:
We will be spending a lot of time on poetry this month. Do you include it in your reading or schooling? What poets do your children love?