Spring is here! And although we know that with it also come the allergies, sneezing, colds, fever, snot and malaise typical of spring asthenia, this year the good weather has arrived on a very special day: the day of poetry.
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer said:
In #TheNowFamily we want to contribute a bit and give our encourage to the study of poetry and to the teaching of this art in order to be taken much more seriously than it is today.
In 1999, Unesco decided to proclaim March 21 as World Poetry Day at the Paris summit. In its portal, Unesco points out that the main objective of this decision was to support the diversity of languages through poetic expression.
It is precisely intended to promote the teaching of poetry and create an attractive image of poetry in all areas so that it can be considered an outdated form of art, and reestablish the dialogue between poetry and other artistic manifestations, such as theater, dance, music and painting.
Poetry should be considered as another expression of art. In fact, children’s poetry is much more than an entertainment; it is an educational resource that stimulates emotional, cognitive and communicative development, while at the same time enhancing the acquisition of new knowledge and aesthetic values.
Why is teaching children’s poetry so important?
Many parents think that poetry is perhaps a minor study. But poetry is also aesthetic, rhythm, creativity, imagination and knowledge.
- It contributes to the development of children’s intelligence.
- It favors the development of language since it usually uses more complex and elaborate phrases than the stories.
- Develops new communicative skills such as speed and verbal acuity.
- It allows to appreciate the musicality and the images of the language with more facility.
- It stimulates the taste for reading, which favors the formation of the reading´s habit from an early age.
- Helps to express your emotions freely.
- It encourages creativity, imagination and understanding. It increases your vocabulary and your perceptive ability. Children who are accustomed to listening to poetry develop their creativity more, better grasp what they see around them and have a more “sensitive” look at the things around them.
- Poetry is a perfect tool for exercising children´s memory. Rhymes make memorizing text easier, and reciting poems improves body language and diction. It strengthens artistic learning through rhythm and musicality.
Poetry, by its difficulty, by the fact that it tries to obtain a poetic rhythm, leads the children to realize, a thorough study of the word, its cadence, sonority, to make a review in their memory to use different resources and not always the same words. There is another kind of language different from the ordinary one, which enriches the vocabulary, grammatical structures and, in short, it gives the infant an improvement of communicative competence.
The virtues and possibilities that Poetry allows us are so many and so diverse that we must invite children to create, to express, to appreciate the world around them and to know how to find themselves expressing their position through this medium.
Of course, like the narratives, poems have to be appropriate to the child’s age, although, at the same time, many poems have several levels of reading. Adapt to the age of our child when interpreting them.
Wondrously February withdraws to
warm March with a golden glow
from Spring’s shining sun sent
down to lead the way
for April’s soothing showers
soon to bring fragrant flowers
and dance on May’s blossoming bounty.
~ by Barbara R Johnson ~
Days of Spring
The days of spring are here
Warm sunny days are near
Birds in trees, flowers and bees
The days of spring are here.
~ Author Unknown ~
Gerard Manley Hopkins
“Nothing is so beautiful as spring.”
“The glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush
the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”
“April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.”