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Last week we talked about how important poetry is to your child. Today, I want to share with you four ways to make poetry part of your child’s everyday life. It’s not as hard as you might think to make it your newest habit, and it’ll have so many benefits for your child!
First, of course, you need to find some poems! Buy a thick volume of children’s poetry from your favorite bookstore, or borrow a stack from your local library. Then read through them and mark the ones that you think might tickle your child’s fancy. If you’ve got no idea, just sit by your child sometime when he’s playing and start reading. If your child suddenly looks at you and laughs, or a look of intense interest comes over his face, you just might want to mark that poem for later.
Now that you’ve got a collection of poetry that resonates with your child, all you have to do is incorporate it into your daily life. Here are some ways to start:
Four Places to Incorporate Poetry
- Wake your child up with poetry in the morning, reading him a poem—or reciting one—while getting him up. This might be a simple four-liner like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Time to Rise
- Recite poetry—or read from one saved on your phone—while pushing your child on the swings. There are lots of fun swing-related poems you can choose from.
- Find some bus related poems to read to your child—again, from a picture saved on your phone or from memory—whenever you ride public transportation.
- When you wake up in the morning and it’s raining outside, go on a hunt for rain-related poems.
This is just the beginning, of course: now come up with another four ways on how you can incorporate even more poetry into your home. Then go and do it!