Poem: Read to Me!

Why do we post poems and rhymes every month?  Because being exposed to and enjoying the “music” of poems is vital for your child’s language development.

“Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight
nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the
best readers by the time they’re eight.”  [Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.]

Poems and rhymes make it easier for children to learn new words. Learning new words appears effortless, because the rhythmical structure of the stanzas creates a familiar context for unfamiliar words. Moreover, reading rhymes aloud or repeating rhymes helps them practice pitch, voice inflection, and volume. It may seem trivial to you, the adult/parent, but the level of coordination required to master all the variables of voice is extremely complex.

Also, “Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and use the individual sounds or phonemes in spoken words.Helping children understand rhyming is one key skill of phonemic awareness” (Block & Israel, 2005)

We chose this poem in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s love of books.

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Read to Me

Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished – please read them again.

Poem by Jane Yolen

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