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Writing Haikus With Children

Recently the boys have been working on Haikus in their writing program. A Haiku poem is a form of Japanese poetry that traditionally consists of three lines, with the dominant pattern being a first line with 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables, and third line 5 syllables. For kids: a syllable is a part of a word that is pronounced as a sound unit. The word syllable has three consonants- “syl” “la” “ble”. A syllable usually has one distinct vowel sound and each new vowel sound is a separate syllable.

I was really impressed by their commitment to writing lovely and thoughtful Haiku poems, and I wanted to share a few that we wrote.

Spring Haikus

My nine year old son wrote these in anticipation of the arrival of Spring:

Animals are back,
Beautiful flowers blooming,
Birds chirping on trees.

Birds are building nests.
Bees are collecting pollen.
Birds are singing songs.

Birds are whistling.
Days are warmer and longer.
The sun is shining.

Kids are having fun.
Baseball seasons open now.
Winter now is gone.

More Haikus

I kill a spider
then notice my two sons are
sadly watching me.

I awake craving.
The smell of coffee draws-
delicious imprisonment.

Worrying wastes time
The future comes regardless
I don’t want wrinkles

Tests are frightening
If you fail they do not care
You might be laughed at

The boys enjoy writing so much, especially poetry and short stories, that I’ve started entering them in writing contests. We are still using IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) for most of our essay writing training, and have started to incorporate a bit of Brave Writer for more creative writing endeavors, such as short stories, comics, and poems. Both of my sons definitely embrace creative writing more, and enjoy just having fun making up humorous stories (which incidentally is what they also love to read- major comic book and funny novel fans here).