Introducing Children to Poetry

Mar 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Our Street Books

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Poetry is a beautiful way to introduce children to the magic that is a collection of words. Poetry is not always about telling a story, but capturing a moment, feeling or memory, just as a photographer might when seeing an amazing landscape in front of them. So let’s talk Poetry in support of #worldpoetryday.

Introducing children to poetry can help encourage them to write their own stories which can express what they feel and see. Statistics show that writing helps develop your cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion.  In short, writing powers the brain. There are many benefits of creative writing for children:

Imagination And Creativity

Creative writing encourages kids to exercise their creative minds and practice using their imaginations. It improves their ability to come up with alternatives. This broadens their thought processes, which can lead to success in many areas, including problem solving and analysis.

Emily Dickinson Poetry Quote

Self-Expression

Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing how they feel. Through writing, children have a safe place to explore, and this can be a highly beneficial tool for expressing their feelings.

Self-Confidence

Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their “voice.”  These developments can really strengthen their self-confidence.

Communication And Persuasion Skills

A well-written piece involves a lot of thought, planning, organization, and use of language to get a point across. What great practice for kids at laying out their thoughts and trying to clearly convince someone of their point of view.

Roald Dahl quote

Creativity seems to diminish as we get older. Those crazy stories of fairy tale princesses battling ferocious dragons to save the town later turns into business prose.  So, encourage your children to write, to be creative, to use their imagination, and then praise them when they do.  Build their confidence to clearly communicate their point of view, their thoughts, and their feelings.  Then think about publishing those precious stories to read over and over again at a kid-friendly site such as Scribblitt.com, and hold onto childhood just a little longer.

[article from Scribblitt.com]

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