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Early Literacy Tip

Read Poetry to Children
When read aloud, poetry is rhythm and music and sounds and beats. Young children — babies and preschoolers included — may not understand all the words or meaning, but they’ll feel the rhythms, get curious about what the sounds mean and perhaps want to create their own. Poetry is the most kinesthetic of all literature: it’s physical and full-bodied which activates the heart, soul, and body. The outcome is that poetry moves us.