Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Poetry in Primary Classes
Rhyme is an excellent way for young children to develop an awareness of language, phonic patterns, and rhythms. The problem is that children's experience of poetry is so dominated by rhyme that when they come to write, they are distracted by the need to create rhyming couplets. It comes as a surprise to them that poetry does not have to rhyme.
Despite poetry being a required writing form in most curriculums, it is often rushed and sometimes abandoned altogether due to inevitable pressure on the timetable. This is a tragic shame given the many benefits of teaching poetry.
To read more, see reasons why and ideas for incorporating poetry into primary classrooms, click on the preceding hyperlinked text. (Matthew J. Friday on Edutopia)