If you think poetry and preschoolers have nothing in common, think again. Children this age have a wonderful sense of language and love creating, and poetry can be just the ticket! Here are a few ways to introduce your little one to poetry this summer.
Start reading with your preschool child!
Read up on classic poems and popular books to familiarize yourself with poetry—and even get ideas on how to write your own! A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends are two wonderful poetry books written by Shel Silverstein. Additionally, One Fish, Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat are three classic poems written by Dr. Seuss, who is famous worldwide for his children’s literature.
For traditional poems, start with easy, one syllable words like cat or bed. Practice rhyming, and make a list of words your child identifies. Help your child incorporate these words into a short poem. Don’t worry about perfection—relax and have some fun!
Go free verse.
Encourage your child to create free-verse poetry, where there are no patterns, formulas, or rhymes. Have your child express his or her feelings, and remember, anything goes!
Start a journal.
Start a poetry journal with your child and write in it once a week. At the end of the summer, your child will have his or her first book of poems. Encourage illustrations, if your tot likes to color or draw.
Be patient, have an open mind, and remember to have fun when showing your child the world of poetry. Once they see a passion for poetry in you, they’ll be bound to love it too!
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