Poetry is a creative way of telling a story. More often than not, it uses rhymes and rhythms which truly help the younger children develop a love for language and reading. Therefore, building literacy. Learning poetry by heart sparks children’s imagination; it uses vivid imagery which appeals to human senses. The poet’s wonderfully-chosen language takes the children to places they’ve never been- igniting their creativity.
Since we started the 2017 school year, we have been incorporating poetry into our units of learning. Some of the many poems we used to introduce and strengthen the children’s wonderful experience were Liz Cromwell’s ‘A Good House’ for Parts and Rooms of the House, Cristina Rosetti’s ‘Who Has Seen the Wind’ for Weather and Joyce Kilmer’s ‘Trees’ for Parts of a Tree and their Functions. The teachers and students picked two poems for each class to present during our Poem Festival. That has been a very good tool to boost the children’s confidence in performing before a large audience.