Poetry is a great way to teach phonics skills. I will do my best to post a poem a week that fosters reading skills. I also believe that reading poetry everyday is a great way to teach rhythm and meter.
For children who are writing, you could ask your child to copy this poem into a notebook. This teaches both reading and writing skills.
Also, consider having your child make his.her own poem each day.
A Book Speaks
When you drop me on the floor
I get stepped on - my sides are sore;
Torn-out pages make me groan;
I feel dizzy if I'm thrown;
Every mark and every stain
On my covers gives me pain;
Please don't bend me, if you do
I don't want to talk to you;
But we will both be friends together,
If you protect me from the weather
And keep me clean so that I look
A tidy, neat and happy book.
Keep a Poem in Your Pocket
Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you'll never feel lonely
at night when you're in bed.
The little poem will sing to you.
The little picture it brings to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when your in bed.
Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when your in bed.
Beatrice Schenkde Regniers
To get your child accustomed to handwriting words big and small, I suggest having them trace and copy words. Once they get the hang of writing words, you can transition into having them write sentences.
In the sidebar, you will find a downloadable PDF of words (A to Z Word Bank) that is a great start. The word bank is perfect for a "Letter of the Week" curriculum.
Print out the word bank and assign one to two words for each day that you child writes onto paper. Consider creating a little lesson around each word. For example, if the word is 'airplane' then consider reading a book on airplanes and making paper airplanes. Not only will you incorporate reading and writing, but you will touch on physics too.
For children who are already writing well, use the words in small sentences that focus on sight words too.
Also, have them draw a picture with the word being in the picture.
Remember, it is important to stay calm while teaching children about writing.
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