We all know that a good visual display can generate extra interest. When was the last time poetry for children was the priority? Highlighting new poetry books, low-circulating poetry book gems, books by featured poets, and children’s favorite poetry books are all possibilities for inviting displays. This can be through traditional shelf, table top, and showcase book displays or in other creative ways. Here are 5 key ways to make poems and poetry a part of the physical and virtual environment that kids experience.
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1. PROPS: Poet Janet Wong talks fondly of her “poetry suitcase.” She has gathered an assortment of objects and realia that connect with some of her poems (e.g., a toy turtle, shoe, play telephone). She asks children to choose an object, and then shares the poem that “corresponds” with that object and explains the connection. She encourages children to do the same—choose favorite poems, find related objects, and use them as props when sharing the poem. For kids who are kinesthetic learners, sharing props means “touching” the poem! These physical objects can also then be displayed with the poem.
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