Why are we attracted to poetry? Is it auditory – the rhyme that we hear as we read or speak it? Is it the pictures formed in our imaginations as we read or hear the words? Perhaps it is the emotions the words stir in our souls. Whatever it is, poems have power. Poetry is a wonderful way to help children understand the concept of syllables – lay down the rules (keep them simple) and let them have free reign!
Dr Seus was an incredible wordsmith his work remains a staple in many homes and schools. Here is an example of his work:
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one
who’ll decide where to go…”
We sometimes encounter a little hitch when reading a poem because not all countries pronounce words in the same way – even though they might be spelled in the same way – the dreaded British vs American debate on how words are pronounced. Add in other accents when speaking English and the poem might become somewhat stilted. Do not let this deter you from absorbing the imagery and emotions that poems highlight for us.
Have fun making up poems in the car (bus or train!) with your children; set the boundaries though because as we all know, things can get out of hand pretty quickly!