Poetry is an art that can be taught as part of reading, writing, and language lessons and is a perfect fit for classrooms, projects and celebrations. Did you know, children are exposed to poetry at a very early age through lullabies and rhymes?
We have laid down a whole slew of reasons why the treasures of poetry are essential to childhood.
Linguistic Building Blocks
Children should be able to read a wide array of texts and poetry is one of the highest literary forms. Children learn language through repetition and repetitive rhythms make the rhyme more engaging.They also learn to attend to words that are new to them which boosts their vocabulary. Listening to poems encourages them to read and explore the genre, making them fluent readers.
Knowing how to play with words is the first step to writing. Through poetry, children learn to use words cleverly by learning about poetic devices like metaphors and hyperbole that make them more articulate. Writing poetry is a skill that helps children write other forms of texts as well. Creating fun activities for brainstorming, captivating templates to practice writing poems and displaying their poems in creative forms can inspire children to cultivate a good writing habit.
Create the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers
Poetry can open a window of possibilities for your children. It is a form of expression that lets them explore their feelings and thoughts freely. Encouraging a habit of reading poems enables them to form free associations with their experiences.
Make Reading Fun
Learning to read can be a tough grind for a young one but adding poetry to the mix can make the process fun. The musical structure of poetry makes memorisation and recitation simpler. Poetry improves children’s reading and writing proficiency with audio visual cues that help children recognise patterns, draw logical conclusions and give them an advantage when learning something new.
Boost Emotional and Social Development
Poems help develop empathy and a sense of humour in the reader. They learn to use wordplay cleverly in varied situations. Humour and whimsy are essential coping mechanisms for a child’s social development. Moreover, poems are often considered an anchor of positive feelings. Teach children to use their favourite poems as a source of comfort during stressful times.
Poetry is fitting an ocean into a grain of sand, saying a lot using very few words. If left unexplored they may never develop a taste for literature's most complex forms. Give your child a head start today and bring out the love of poetry in them!