|Poetry Collages for Preschoolers|
Here's a fun early literacy activity for introducing poetry to preschoolers.
Word play and poetry collages!
|Early Years Literacy Activities|
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I have a degree in creative writing - over the years I've worked on many ways to inspire my own creativity - now it's time to get started inspiring the kiddos!
This technique is usually called 'cut-ups' and is inspired by William Burroughs (not exactly your average bedtime reading I know!) - he would write entire manuscripts, cut them up and get his interns to reassemble them, he believed he was uncovering the hidden meanings in his text - I think it makes for fun creative writing prompts and cute nonsense rhymes for kiddos!
|Literacy Ideas for Toddlers|
I always try to get some poetry out of the library - Michael Rosen, Edward Lear and Spike Milligan are some of our favourites. I'd definitely recommend picking a couple up, along with all your regular story books. Poems are shorter so good for kiddos with shorter attention spans, plus you naturally read in a different tone and rhythm, plus lots of kid's poetry rhymes and so introduces a whole new relationship between different words.
|Introducing Poetry to Preschoolers|
For older kids you could use your creations as creative writing prompts - pick out particular words or combinations of words that appeal to them, use them as a title of a new piece of work, or include them in another poem. I used to keep notebooks of random word combinations I loved for this reason!
You could also turn this into a spelling and sight words activity by cutting out individual letters and rearranging them - or go a bit Dr Seuss and make up your own words! Children learn that words have power and have fun playing around with this!
|Preschool Poetry Activities|
This idea works on reinforcing the idea that all those funny squiggles on a page actually say something - this is useful in lots of ways, lately I'm convinced of John Holt's philosophy, that you cannot teach children to learn meaningless symbols (ie letters and phonics) in the hope that one day when they acquired enough of them they will then want to read, you have to give them a reason to want to read right now! A child is motivated to want to communicate, in the same way that adults around them do, they don't care that they don't know "enough" letters or the "right" sounds yet!
Introduce your children to poetry and they will naturally want to recreate it - I truly believe that poetry is fun with words and can appeal to all children!