Gary R. Hess
Reading poetry to children might sound a bit tedious. In today’s world, we often convince ourselves that we don’t have time for the simple tasks in life. We make excuses such as “I need to run to the store” or “I need to do the laundry” or even “my favorite television show is on.” Once you know the great positive influence poetry plays in children’s lives, you might magically find some time to read together.
Poetry can play an important part in the development of children. Actually, according to Beginning to read: Thinking and learning abut print, children who are without phonemic awareness find difficulty in learning to read and write. Instead of focusing on the phonemes, the children focus on the meaning of the word.
Luckily, reading poetry to children is a great way to avoid later learning problems. Children’s rhymes such as Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss do the job perfectly. By simply reading the rhymes with children, they work effectively towards helping the children gain phonemic awareness.
Once you think about about this, it makes sense. With rhymes, it’s easy for children to know the phonetic pronunciation. When they see the word “bat” in a poem after the word “cat”, they know exactly what the word is suppose to sound like.
Even though we live in a busy world with entertainment all around us, we still need to find time for the ones we love–especially when dealing with children’s education. By simply reading poetry with your child at an early age, you will help them understand the phonemes of words and get a jump start on reading and writing.