Writers need to read, to hear new ideas and words; to absorb different rhythms and other people’s perspectives. A poem a day, read aloud, brings all these to the classroom. Some teachers I know have a book of poems designed exactly for this, a poem a day. A poem can be tucked into almost any corner of the school day -and can be read more than once. Some poems really need to be read several times. Some poems will become children’s favourites. They will always be glad to hear them.
There are plenty of good anthologies of poems chosen by poets and by people who have a good ear and eye for poems. Even the simplest rhymes are important. They get inside our heads. We hear their echoes when we read. Sometimes some part of them appears in our writing -a word, a cadence, a way of saying things.
Starlight Starbright First star I see tonight I wish I may I wish I might Have this wish I wish tonight