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How to Create an Outdoor Poetry Walk for Kids

Get your kids outside this summer and encourage an appreciation of poetry with an Outdoor Poetry Walk for kids and a nature discussion

Getting kids stoked about poetry can be hard.  The language is often elusive, the meanings not immediately clear–the whole enterprise is enough to cause groans and eyerolls heard ’round the world.

What’s a homeschooling mama to do?

Read poetry during the summer with poetry walks.  Get them outside and active and relate the poems to what they’re doing.  Create an atmosphere of fun around the reading of poetry.

And maybe, just maybe, the groans will turn into gasps of excitement.
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Explore Your Neighborhood with Because of Winn-Dixie

This Because of Winn-Dixie outdoor activity shows you how to explore your neighborhood while enjoying the classic children's book (includes free printable)

I’ve spent the last few days giving you great ideas for getting you and your kids out in your yard or the local park. But maybe you’re a family who likes to take drives and listens to audiobooks.

Hey, I can dig it.

But you need the perfect book.

Because of Winn-Dixie is rooted in a small-town neighborhood, and provides you with plenty of educational opportunities to get out and explore your own neighborhood and learn a bit more about where you live.
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How to Host an Outdoor Poetry Tea Time

Hold an outdoor Poetry Tea Time and engage your kids' interest in poems of all types while you enjoy a leisurely hour together (includes a FREE PRINTABLE!)

Poetry can make kids cringe and run in the other direction.

You know it’s true.

But you can make it a lot less painful for them and even fun with a few simple tweaks to your curriculum.

Take it outside.  Give them something to look forward to.  Choose the right poems.  Done.

Okay, not done.  Let me tell you how to create a poetry experience they won’t dash away from.
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