How to Nurture a Heart For Learning in Your Child – Appreciating Poetry
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Developing a love and appreciation for poetry can begin when your children are very young. In a way this is easy since so many of the songs we sing to our children when they are little are actually poems that often rhyme.
Kids are amazing at picking up on the “songlike” qualities of poetry, which makes poetry an easy thing to love for most kids. They often get into the sing-song type repetition and rhyme whether or not the poem is in the form of a song.
Poems are great language builders as they are often quite descriptive and use a wide range of vocabulary with words your child may not otherwise hear in every day life.
With the language arts programs I use, my kids start memorizing and studying poems as early as kindergarten and first grade, and this only becomes easier for kids if they have been regularly exposed to good poetry.
Reading the classics are important, but other, nonsensical or just downright fun poems are also fun. Where the Sidewalk Ends is a favorite poetry book in our house.
Have some fun with poetry with your preschooler while also giving them a head start in the skills they will be learning once they get to school. Poetry is such a vivd way of expression and a great way to boost vocabulary and comprehension skills.