Poems for Kids
Poems For Kids
Poetry is one of the most beautiful examples of the ingenuity of modern man. Poetry takes the written or spoken word and turns it into something magical. A poem is defined by dictionary.com as “a composition in verse, especially one that is characterized by a highly developed artistic form and by the use of heightened language and rhythm to express an intensely imaginative interpretation of the subject.”
In other words, a poem takes words and paints wonderful pictures with them, using rhyme, repetition, and description to enhance the imagery.
Of course, a poem can really be anything, but when it comes to children’s poems you will find that many of them:
- Paint vivid pictures for the child and his or her mind’s eye
- Teach important lessons
- Engage the imagination
- Develop the child’s intellect
Poetry Is Vital
Poetry is important for children because it brings them only cognitive benefits. There are a few things in particular that you can expect from reading poetry to a child.
When children reads poetry, or have poetry read o them, their use of language is expanded upon. Poetry uses colorful descriptors, vivid details, and connections to nature. These aspects shape a young one’s mind and helps them to learn new words, practice their speech, and learn to use context clues to understand a phrase.
Rhyming is a fun tool to use to teach a child important lessons. Poems with strong rhymes can be fun for the kid to read and memorize. If these poems have morals or lessons to teach, the child will pick up on them much easier because of the interactive and fun nature of poetry.
You can also expect to see emotional development happen. Some poems deal with the complex subjects of life, love, loss, and friendship. These poems act as teachers and reminders to the kids as they grow, absorb, and develop into little people.
Read, Read, Read
As a parent there are a few ways to engage your child with poetry.
- Read, read, read. By reading poetry often it will become a great habit and something that the child will look forward to. You can even let them choose their own books of poems the next time you are at the bookstore. Reading out loud is a key way to introduce the art of poetry.
- Write poetry. Writing poetry with your child is an awesome way to spend time. It is also a great way to get your child’s mind working in a creative and artistic way, an important aspect to development. Help them write poetry. Teach them to rhyme. Make a little book of poems with them. This will not only teach them something new, but will allow you to spend time with them doing something fun and unforgettable together.
As a parent, you are the main role model for your child. When you read poetry, your child will see it, hear it and subconsciously learn from you. Set a strong example. If your child sees you reaching for a book of poems often, they will take from this that poetry and reading are behavior to be mimicked. Reading is vital if you want your child to have a balanced, rounded, and intellectual upbringing. Help your child develop and engage in smart habits that will benefit them for life