Some amendments have been made to this blog post since it was posted early 22 February 2012.
I love poetry; in general all styles. So when a fellow blogger passed this article on to me, I had no hesitation in sharing it here.
As mentioned in the article, poetry is often overlooked when teaching children.
I agree. There are beautiful books that can entertain and educate a child at the same time. But poetry can and should be used in the same way. So why isn’t it?
Poetry is more than just finding the right rhyming word. Of course, poetry doesn’t have to rhyme. Poetry of all styles can evoke emotion, help children explore their imagination, help discuss feelings, educate, offer alternative points of view, and encourage questions and thought. And the magic of poetry can be so powerful to evoke a range of emotions such as laughter, tears, sadness, joy, compassion, understanding and creativity, to name just a few.
There are just so many beautiful styles of poetry to explore. And as 2012 is the Year of Reading, it would also be lovely to encourage children and adults to include poetry.
And this article on the 10 awesome poems to teach your kids offers some suggestions
So please check out this article: Remember, we all have our own favourites and opinions on what is suitable to introduce to children.
And don’t forget to also check out other informative articles at Full Time Nanny, especially if you have children or are an educator.