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Poetry for Children
Module 1

The poetry environment

Sharing poems with children is as easy as talking, singing, and reading. With our own enthusiastic sharing of personal favorites, we can communicate our enjoyment of poetry. These Poetry Breaks will help you see how performing poetry with children is a fun way of introducing poems to kids. In addition, you will help them develop their language, listening, and reading skills. Plus, poems will become a natural part of their growing up years. Researchers have found that children especially enjoy narrative poems about everyday experiences. Experiment with these Poetry Breaks and see how children respond.

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A good place to start in getting children excited about poetry is with Kalli Dakos' collections of poems about everyday life at school. Check out:

*If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand
*Don't Read This Book, Whatever You Do
*The Goof Who Invented Homework

Kalli Dakos' Web site