INTRODUCTION - Don't just read my poems.  Come and meet me.

 

PHOTO GALLERY:  I am lucky to live in a really lovely part of Britain.  Do go and see photographs of Ilkley and area.   Why not come and experience the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast yourself?

 

THE FUN OF SKYPE VISITS TO YOUR SCHOOL OR CLASSROOM - article

 

IMPORTANT ARTICLE:  TOUCH TYPING IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF YOU but . . .  

 

POTENTIALLY POETICAL - Helps teachers and children to learn a little bit about the skill of writing poetry, teaching them a little bit about the various metres and with lots of examples and encouragement for them.

 Poetentially Poetical 1;  Potentially Poetical 2; Potentially Poetical 3.

 

Visit my Poetry Corner where you can go on to WHO WANTS TO BE A POET?  Here I give a lot of help and advice for you and your children with understanding metre and how it can bring your poems to life, with exercises for you and the children to do.

 

KS1/2 POETIC RHYTHM

 

RHYTHM IN POETRY

 

TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT ANAPAESTS AND DACTYLS

CINQUAINS

DACTYLIC VERSE

ANAPAESTIC TETRAMETER - very popular article!

TROCHAIC METRE

 

TEACHING READING USING POETRY

 

RHYMING-LITERACY-PHONEMICS - The Big Link

 

A REASON FOR RHYME:  Usha Goswami, lecturer in experimental psychology at Cambridge University, has recently done research which has revolutionized the teaching of reading.

 

DEVELOPING  SPEAKING, LISTENING AND PHONIC SKILLS

TEACHING POETRY:   Ideas to enliven your poetry classes

THE IMPORTANCE OF POETRY FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN

PATTERNS ON A PAGE

PATTERNS AND PREDICTABLE LANGUAGE

PATTERNS ON A PAGE and LIMERICKS

 

KEY STAGES 1 and 2 - POETRY:  A very useful article for both parents and teachers who have children at either of these stages.

 

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE, PERSONIFICATION etc 

 

PERFORMING POETRY:  Poems should never be words that sit on the pages of a book.  You need to hear them read aloud and you need to read them yourself and get children to  read and perform them.  Many of my poems are designed for just this.

 

PARODY - Teaching children the fun of parodying a poem

 

CHILDREN'S POETRY CORNER - and not just for children.  How good are you with metre or rhyming?  Come and try for yourself:

RHYMING QUIZ

 

 

WEB INDEX

Meet Josie Welcome Page Main Poetry Index

RHYME ON THE RISE?  - - - Well, where is good rhyme and perfectly metered poetry in this day and age?  Here! I'm doing my very best  to give it to you!  Is it important to your children?

Poetry Listening Page I'd Love to Visit Your Classroom