Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Poetry is an expressive form of literature that allows students to be creative through purposively expressing their thoughts on paper, which allows emotional growth, literary and verbal advancement, and an understanding of how words are used to tell a story. Here are just a few of the benefits poetry can offer when introduced in early literacy:
- Teaches the sounds of letters
- Offers the beginnings of phonics
- Enriches vocabulary
- Introduces storytelling
- Increases understanding of syllables
- Provides creative outlet
To help you integrate poetry into your child’s day, here are three ways to bolster early literacy at home.
1. Read out loud.
Just by listening as you read different poems, children will learn to recognize the different sounds of words. This is a fun way for children to appreciate poetry as a storytelling form and learn the sounds of letters as they listen to rhymes and word play.
Here are a few places you can find free poems to read to your toddlers:
2. Have your own poetry bookshelf.
Keeping poetry within reach of your little ones on topics they are most interested in is a great way to make learning accessible at home. Here are some of our suggestions on books to include:
Recommended Poetry Books for Early Literacy:
- Goodnight Moon
- Kids Poems: 3rd and 4th Grade
- Grandpa’s Garden
- Now We Are Six
- Perfect Poems for Teaching Sight Words
3. Have kids start an Inspiration Scrapbook.
Help kids avoid word block when they try to write poems. As words are everywhere, have children cut out all of those inspiring words and stick them into their scrapbook for safekeeping!
- inexpensive scrapbook
- glue, tape, or glue stick
- pens, markers, crayons, or pencils
- Inspiring words! (magazines, greeting cards, coasters, photos, etc.)
What to Do:
Simply get started! The project extends over as long of a time as you would like.
- Find words that make your child curious, or make them laugh, or maybe even new words they want to add to their vocabulary!
- Cut out the word or photo and glue or tape it to a page in the scrapbook.
- Organize the scrapbook, grouping the inspiration in whatever way makes most sense.
- Make it personal. Have your little one add stickers, words, or pictures that they feel goes along with their inspiration. They will end up being little pieces to add to their poetry in the future.
- Write a poem. Open up the Inspirational Scrapbook when your child needs inspiration for a poem. Have them translate the pictures into words, and turn their fun words into exciting sentences! Show them how to combine the words and thoughts into a poem!
-Continue to add to the Inspiration Scrapbook whenever inspiration strikes and have it on hand when writing time rolls around. Kids will be excited to look back over the pictures and words.