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National Poetry Month: Why Poetry Matter

7 ways poetry enhances early literacy skills

1- Poetry Lays a strong foundation for reading,

Rhythm, rhyme, and sound are emphasized in poetry – all of which are foundational blocks for reading and also contain important literacy elements like characters and narrative structure.

2- Poetry teach the young reader about sound

Pitch, inflection and volume are important functions of both speech and reading. Rhyming also help little learns identify the sound in words and helps them grasp phonetics.

3- Poetry helps develop strong recall and memory

notice how small children so eagerly memorize their favorite nursery rhymes and songs? the inherent musicality of Poetry encourages the use of that same brain power.

4- Poetry builds vocabulary and word connections

Poetry is great way to introduce kids to new words, particularly in context they may not have encountered before. this creates new connection between words in growing minds.

5- Poetry encourage creativity and language play

Reading poetry ( especially aloud) demonstrates how words can be manipulated. it also helps children tap into their own creativity as they come up with new relationships between words and sound.

6- Poetry makes reading aloud more accessible

Poems are Often short, making them less intimidating to read aloud the rhyme and help kids decode words, creating more encouraging environment for early readers.

7- Poetry is just plain fun

Books that make kids laugh and allow them to use their expansive imaginations are inviting to children of all age…. and more leads to more reading!

Let’s Read Poetry with Dr. Seuss