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Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

What are the best ways to introduce children to poetry?  We know poetry is important and very beneficial for children, but how can we expose them to poetry?  Although there are a variety of ideas out there, I’m really excited to be sharing some of my personal favorites with you.  As I continue raising my children to be poetry-lovers, I have found six simple ways to introduce children to poetry.  We’re going to look at each one and understand why these methods are so effective, and how you can implement them in your own life.  Are you ready?  Then let’s get started!

1. Reading Poetry to Children

The Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

There is no better way to expose your child to poetry, than by reading it to them.  Reading kids poetry is at the very top of our list.  If you do nothing else, read your children poetry.  There are so many great poetry books that you can enjoy along with your child.  We already know that reading to our children is important, and when you read them poetry books, it’s an additional benefit.  Hearing the rhythm of the words and seeing the patterns within the text help children to recognize meter and rhyme.

A great habit to establish is  reading your kids poetry every day.  Whether it’s a short poem, a rhyming storybook, or simply a nursery rhyme, fit in whatever you can.  Incorporating poetry books in your story time is a great way to begin introducing your child to poetry.  Next week I’ll be sharing a list of my favorite poetry books for children.  Be sure to check back for that post, I am sharing the best of the best.  Remember, reading kids poetry is one of the best ways to introduce children to poetry.

2. Memorizing Poems

(This is my daughter reading one of the first poems she learned.  It’s so precious to see children enjoying poetry and she was so cute reading this to me.  I hope you enjoy it!)

I love having my kids memorize poems as part of their schooling.  It’s a great way to promote their memory skills, and they get to have fun learning a poem they enjoy.  As you continue reading your child poetry, you may want to advance to this next level.  Once they are continuously reading poetry, they’ll naturally begin to memorize it.  Start with short, simple poems, and grow from their.  Perhaps you can begin my having your child recite poems.  Let them read the poems to you.  Eventually, they will actually memorize the poems.  Poetry is so easy to memorize, and it’s all about finding poems that you love.

3. Writing Poems

As you continue filling yourself with poetry through reading and memorization, it will naturally begin to come out of you.  Fill your child with great poems and fun rhyming storybooks, and watch as they make up silly rhymes of their own.  You could have your child write a poem and draw a picture to go along with it.  Encourage him to write a poem for a  poetry contest.  In the beginning, maybe you start by copying poems you know and love.  Eventually, your child will progress to creating his own.  Either way, this is one of the best ways to introduce children to poetry.

4. Listening to Poetry Songs

The Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

This one method of introducing kids to poetry is often overlooked.  Listening to nursery rhyme songs, is great way to introduce kids to poetry, especially for younger children.  Babies and toddlers love listening to silly music, and if you can find some nursery rhyme songs, or any songs of poetry for your children to enjoy, that’s a great way to expose them to poetry.  Here are a couple links to my favorite CDs for kids:

http://www.amazon.com/Nursery-Rhyme-Songs-Countdown-Kids/dp/B0053EM5LA/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1429813441&sr=1-1&keywords=Kids+Songs+and+Nursery+Rhymes

http://www.amazon.com/Singalong-Songs-Kids-CEDARMONT-KIDS/dp/B000NVL9ME/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1429813060&sr=8-14&keywords=nursery+rhyme+kids+songs

5. Playing Rhyming Games

The Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

One of the best ways to introduce children to poetry, is by playing rhyming games with them.  If you make poetry fun by incorporating it in games, children will quickly embrace it and begin developing an appreciation for poetry.  Poetry is meant to be fun, so playing poetry games is a great way to show your kids how great poetry can be.  I’m sharing a couple links to give you some ideas of poetry games and activities you can do with your child.

http://fun-a-day.com/rhyming-activities-for-children/

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2012/12/rhyming-peg-board-learning-after-school.html

6. Watching MonkiSee Videos

The Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

Another great way to expose your child to poetry is with the MonkiSee videos.  Since I am such a poetry-lover, it has definitely trickled into my business.  I love writing poems for kids, and try to fill the videos I create with great poetry.  I feel that poetry adds a unique element to the MonkiSee DVDs.  I believe that the poetry we include in the MonkiSee videos is one of the main reasons why our videos have helped so many children build their vocabulary.  If you read my post on the benefits of poetry for children, then you know that this is one of the greatest benefits of poetry.  Having your child watch the MonkiSee videos is one of the best ways to introduce children to poetry.

The Best Ways to Introduce Children to Poetry

Depending on the age of your child, I would recommend having them watch one of the MonkiSee videos each day.  If you are introducing your baby to poetry, then the MonkiSee videos are perfect.  They will not only be exposed to poetry, they will learn the alphabet, colors, shapes, familiar first words, body parts, farm animals, and so much more!  If your child is a bit older, perhaps they would enjoy watching MonkiSee “Animals Under the Sea,” or “How God Made Everything.”

Overall, you can use any method you like.  The idea is to continue exposing our children to poetry.  I hope that these ideas were helpful to you.  If you have any ideas on what are the best ways to introduce children to poetry, I would love to hear your thoughts!  Please be sure to comment below and share with us your favorite methods.  Thank you so much!

 

Baby Spelling Bee?

Can babies learn to spell?  Why not?  They can learn just about everything else.  Years ago my older children would spell out everyone’s names in the house.  They would spell out I love you and mommy and the names of their siblings.  What was the result of that?  The ones who were babies at the time spelled right along with them.  I recently saw a child, around the age of 2 1/2, who could tell the names of words that were only spelled out to him.  I was impressed.

I have been signing with my daughter since she was a few months old.  She knows many signs.  I recently added a new game to our day.  I still sign to her, as I always have, and then I finger spell the words.  I see her little fingers moving, trying to mimic the letters, as she blurts out whatever letters she can think of.  Who knows, she may just be a champion speller someday?  Could spelling be yet another piece of the puzzle to bringing up whole and capable children?  I will keep you posted.

Too Good Not to Share

I am always
interested in finding new ways of teaching babies to read.  After all,
teaching babies to read is so much fun.  I was watching some videos online
the other day and I saw a method that I have never seen before.   It was
too good not to share.

A mom was
confirming her son’s knowledge of some flash cards she had been showing him.
 She would have him turn around. Then she would put two cards on the
floor, side by side.  She would put an M&M under one of the cards.
 Then she would ask her son to get her a specific card.  If he got it
right, there was a candy underneath it for him.  And get them all right,
he did!  What a wonderful way to encourage our children to show us a pinch
of their brilliance while rewarding them.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I
will keep you posted when I do.

Some babies
are more reluctant to show us what they know.  This is a very gentle and
rewarding way for them to show us what they are capable of learning.



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