Getting kids interested in reading is one of the biggest challenges parents face. While we all know that reading carries with it many measurable benefits in life, language skills and success, parents still struggle with ways to get kids on board. For many, sharing poetry with children at an early age can be an excellent gateway to build a love of wordplay and language. Learn why it’s never too early to read poetry with your child as well as the advantages poems have in your child’s literacy skills.
Read Poetry with Your Child
Many parents may wonder why it is so important to read poetry with your child. The reason is that good poetry is wordplay and language use at its best. Poets choose every word in their work with great care. A good poem always has the best words and verbal imagery, presented in the best possible order. It will fire all the right neurons in their brain to get them loving language.
Rhythm, Rhyme, Reading
The rhythm and rhyme of good children’s poetry is an excellent way to amuse children and get them engaged and invested. It builds essential skills that build a love of language and reading in children. It may even encourage them to start writing on their own, further building their creativity and imagination. From beautiful to absurd, the turns of phrase in poetry are always engaging.
Introduce Your Child
It is unlikely that your child will find poetry on their own. Rather, you’ll have to bring the wonder that is poems to your child. Keep as many different kinds of poetry and books in your home as possible. Make sure your child is always surrounded by books and language, and make sure they know that they are welcome and encouraged to explore.
It’s more than just having books available, however: poetry is best experienced by hearing it. You need to create activities and fun reading times that include poems. Alternate from the beautiful to the whimsical, and encourage your child to make up their own poems.
Talk about the poems they like and why they like them. If they find a poem funny, ask why it’s funny. If they find it pretty, get them to talk about what is pretty about it. The more they think about the poems the like, the more they will come to love the art form.
Parents Who Love Have Kids Who Love
This applies in all aspects of life, not just in literature. Your kids idolize you. They need to see that you love things to build their own love of things. You need to learn to love books, poems and literature in order to get your kids on board.
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