April is National Poetry Month, and even though the month is almost over I wanted to write a few posts that touched on poetry. I think poetry is often an overlooked genre when parents look for a good text for reading aloud. But, reading aloud poetry can be so much fun and it can help your child’s ability to read as well. Poetry is a lively use of language and should be read aloud for pure enjoyment. Here are a few tips on ways to incorporate poetry into your read aloud repertoire:
- Choose poems that will engage your children.
- Read the poem slowly and with meaning. Emphasize words. Allow the cadence of the poem to shine through.
- Talk about how the words rhyme and how the poet used the words to convey meaning (depending on the age of your child).
- If your child is able to read, have him or her read aloud a poem or two to you. This will help build fluency within a reader.
- Just have fun with it! Be silly and enjoy the poems!
A few poetry suggestions:
Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky
If you are interested in a bit more complex poetry or complex ways to incorporate poetry, I’ve been reviewing poetry picture books at Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books all month. So far, I’ve reviewed Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet, and Poetry Speaks to Children.
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