April is National Poetry Month!

Roses are red, violets are blue! We hope poetry in early literacy is important to you!

April is National Poetry Month! We know Shel Silverstein is still making the rounds in elementary school, but how can we expose our littlest learners to poetry? After all, rhythm and rhyme are a fundamental building block of phonological awareness, and what better way to expose young learners to them than through poetry?

Start with the classics! Mother Goose is a great way to expose young children to poetry and many of the rhymes encourage movement and play. Pretend to take a tumble with Humpty Dumpty…or run away from the spider with Miss Muffet! The possibilities are endless. My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells and My First Mother Goose by Tomi DePaola both have great illustrations and come in board books for even the youngest reader.

For more ideas on how to incorporate poetry into your early literacy activities, visit the Reading Rockets Poetry Page for links, ideas and videos, all about poetry!

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