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Promoting Poetry at Home

22 Apr

shutterstock_184381148Did 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:

Benefits:

  • 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:

3. Have kids start an Inspiration Scrapbook.

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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!

Materials:

  • inexpensive scrapbook
  • scissors
  • 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.

  1. Find words that make your child curious, or make them laugh, or maybe even new words they want to add to their vocabulary!
  2. 
Cut out the word or photo and glue or tape it to a page in the scrapbook.
  3. Organize the scrapbook, grouping the inspiration in whatever way makes most sense.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Resources:

 

Five Fabulous Language and Literacy Games!

9 May

Whether you’re looking for games for emergent readers or for your older readers, we’ve got something to offer! We’ve handpicked five fabulous games that will help children build on key language and literacy skills like alphabet learning, phonics, rhyming, building words, and building sentences–all while having fun!

1. Alphabet Match Game
Alphabet Match Game

This puzzle game will help children learn alphabet concepts while promoting the development of early literacy skills. Each alphabet puzzle includes four wooden pieces–the lowercase and uppercase letters, a word that starts with the letter, and a picture of the word. It also comes with an activity guide that will give you new, fun ideas of how to use the game! (Item #70454, $69.95 55.95 SALE)

2. Syllabification Vocabulary Building Game 82668b

Spark your child’s interest in writing and spelling activities with this fun game that provides over 100 plastic tiles with root words (and derivatives of root words), prefixes, and suffixes! It will show them how words are made of chunks! (Item #82668, $34.95)

 

 

3. Rhyming Sounds Game 36318

Children will learn 32 different rhyming sounds with this fun game, which provides the players with a storage tray, 56 sorting tiles, and four category cards! To play, the children match the ending sound of the pictures with the corresponding rhyming object on the tiles. (Item #36318, $10.95)

 

 

4. Froggy Phonics Game62049a

Hop from lily pad to lily pad in this fun game to learn phonics! Players will use a phonics spinner and try to be the first to find matching words, and the first player to get to four matching words wins! Each board is double-sided for twice the fun! This will help build and reinforce reading skills. (Item #62049, $21.95)

 

 

5. You’ve Been Sentenced 87664new

For your older readers, You’ve Been Sentenced is a great sentence-building game using five-sided card with multiple versions of a base word. Players get 10 cards in a hand and try to score the most points by creating the longest grammatically-correct and sensible sentence! Any player can object to another players sentence, on either grammatical grounds, or if a sentence just doesn’t make sense. The defending player and the objecting player get to argue their points to the rest of the players, who form a jury. Half the fun is trying to defend, explain, and justify a completely ridiculous sentence to the other players. First player to reach 200 points wins.

 

All of these great toys are available through our website! Do you know any other great language and literacy skill-building games? Let us know in the comments!

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