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.