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Poetry for Children. Help your Child to Read

Thursday, 11 May 2017  |  Admin

‘How can I help my child to read’ is one of the most important questions asked as a new parent? I was very lucky as a child, my Mother loved poetry and reading and I grew up loving it too. By the time I started school I had an advantage because I could already read well and this gave me a head start. If you learn to love poetry then you will love words, the two go hand in hand and a love of words leads to an enthusiasm for reading, so it really is a bit of a no-brainer.

Sadly many children grow up thinking that poetry is boring or sissy but it needn't be that way if you start reading to them when they are very small.

The definition of poetry is described as ‘the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts’. What a wonderful gift we can give our children if we take the trouble to include poetry alongside our usual story time reading.  A love of poetry will last a lifetime and we cannot rely on schools to open the minds of our children to this imaginative and rich vein of literary pleasure.

We recommend lovereading4kids if you are looking for ideas and inspiration, it also has great reviews.  

If you would like more information support or guidance to help your child to read at home the Literacy Trust has a great website that offers all sorts of information.  Click through to the Early Years Sector and you can download their resource based on the CBeebies magazine.  This will give you ideas for exciting activities for children aged three to five which are fun and educational.  They feature Andy’s Amazing Adventures, Hey Duggee, Octonauts, Swashbuckle and Something Special. www.literacytrust.org.uk

The next National Poetry Day will be on 28th September 2017 and you can sign up for information about events being held near you.  In 2016 schools were encouraged to enter a competition with the chance to win a special National Poetry Day schools kit which included £50 worth of poetry books.  nationalpoetryday.co.uk   Spread the word! 

I’d like to be a teabag,

And stay at home all day –

And talk to other teabags

In a teabag sort of way….

Peter Dixon.