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Poetry and Young Children

Poetry and Young Children


April is national Poetry Month and there are many great ways to share poetry with your child.

Through poetry you can:

Increase your child’s vocabulary

Allow for your child’s creative abilities

Encourage your child’s self-expression

Stretch your child’s imagination

Some ways to share poetry with your child are:

A.  Read poetry aloud together

B.   Have your child dictate a poem to you and you write it down for him/her.

C.   Write an acrostic poem together with the letters of your child’s name.

        Example :  E is for everything sweet,  M is merry and mischievous,  I is  interesting and intelligent, L is loving and Y is for you!

D.   Write silly poems together.

E.    Cut out individual words from a magazine and help your child put them together to make a poem.

F.   Write poems about animals.

G.   Check out some wonderful books of poetry from your library.

        Here are some great suggestions:

1. PIZZA, PIGS AND POETRY: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky

2. FALLING UP by Shel Silverstein

3. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY: 200 Poems With Photographs That Squeal, Soar and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis.

4. POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

5. HERE’S A LITTLE POEM: A Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen, Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Dunbar.

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