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Winter Poetry Basket (Animal Friends Poem)

What is inside of our Winter Poetry Basket? I like the idea of having a little basket (well, a box in our case) with a themed activity. Today, it is a box with poetry readings, where I would also add anything that might go along with a poem, and some nature's objects like pinecones, spruce tree branches etc.

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I finally finished a Winter Animal Friends poem for Julia. (Please, let me know your thoughtsThought Balloon on Apple iOS 10.2.)  I wanted to incorporate animals into a poem since children seem to be most affectionate towards them especially during the winter season. I tried to rhyme every verse, (and not every other one as in some poetic compositions), trusting that it is much easier for a child to remember a poem when every ending word in a single metrical line rhymes with the ending word in a subsequent line. 

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                           Winter Animal Friends

Winter - the most magical time of the year, 

I am thrilled and excited it’s finally here!

Snow covers the Earth with a sparkling glow,

When snowflakes❄️ dance gracefully - I see glitter below.

I hear the geese in the sky come and go,

Flocking the lake, as they honk, flying low.

The squirrel🐿 finds her nuts which she hid in the Fall🍂🍁,

Jumping from branches on trees🌲that are tall.

 

The bunny🐇, the cutest of all animal friends,

Hops zip-zag: his footprints go far and transcend.

The bear sleeps tightly snuggled up in his den,

We try to be quiet as much as we can!

Winter - the most magical time of the year,

We play in the snow, have hot cacao☕️ and cheer!

We love to observe our animal friends.

Who will we see today? Well, it depends …

            Anya © Montessori From The Heart

 

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At the end, Julia and Adrian got to eat marshmallows, which were way too tempting :)

When Julia recites this poem, Adrian likes to play out the verse: be it geese flying or bunny hopping zig-zag or squirrel eating nuts - we love using our animals to bring the activity to life!

Also in a basket we have a poem I made for Adrian about January (read here), and my favorite winter poem growing up А.С.Пушкинa  "ЗИМНЕЕ УТРО" (see here). 

What are your favorite poems to read to your child!


Poem 📜 about ❄️ January

Research suggests that music 🎶 has direct impact on helping young children develop literacy skills. And what about learning 📜

poetry? Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that:

“If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” Why do Children Love Poems. Fox, Mem. (2001). 

I have been thinking about making a poetry basket. After searching for a winter❄️ poem for Adrian, and not finding the one that spoke my heart, I decided to write one myself: a simple poem that Adrian can memorize; a poem about a current month - January, and about something fun that Adrian can relate to.   
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                                   January

"I am happy that January is finally here,

What a beautiful way to greet a New Year!

Snowflakes❄️ dance throughout the night,

When I open my eyes, the world is white!

We rush outdoors and play in the snow,

It’s the best time, that I know!"

                                           Anya © Montessori From The Heart

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The Benefits of exposing a child early to rhyming poetry:

Poetry helps develop memorization skills. As children practice memorizing a poem, their memory is linked with audio and visual events, helping them memorize. Being proficient in memorization, patterns, and sequences in turns gives a child an advantage in learning new languages, reading comprehension and mathematics.Here are some of the benefits of exposing your child early to rhyming poetry:

  • Poetry helps develop cognitive skills. Reading rhyming poetry out loud makes it easier for younger children to learn new vocabulary words. Reading poetry and rhymes allows children to learn how similar-sounding words can have very different meanings. Children also learn speech patterns and how these patterns can be used and fit together. Thus, by analyzing the meanings of words through context, children are improving their cognitive learning skills.  
  • Poetry helps develop language skills by using devices such as meter (rhythm) and rhyme. Children are able to remember the verse by learning auditory rhymes, which in turn improves their language skills and word association. Eventually, when children are ready to write their own rhymes, they will seek out new words or new uses for existing words. Such will allows them to greatly expand their linguistic building blocks.
  • Reading and memorizing rhythmic poetry also helps develop phonemic awareness by understanding pitch, voice inflection, and volume. When a child recites poetry, s/he places emphasis on the sound and the rhythm of language, thus building phonemic awareness and solidifying the foundation for reading abilities. 

Adrian knows a lot of nursery rhymes from our Suzuki music lessons (read here); he learns many songs from Julia, and we have been memorizing short poems by Agniya Barto (see here). Also, we have been loving the Mini Masters books set (buy here), which includes Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, and In the Garden with Van Gogh - each boasting with famous colorful art reproductions and simple captivating rhymes. So, making a themed poetry basket for each season will continue our exploration and appreciation for poetry.

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p.s. Read here "Winter Animal Friends" poem I wrote for Julia.

What are you favorite children's poems?