A Life filled with Literacy

A newsletter for Saint Anne School (April 2017)

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I LOVE LITERACY!

I am bursting with excitement to be the Literacy Coach at Saint Anne School. One of my goals is to share tips with parents for creating your family lifestyle around literacy. I will send a monthly newsletter with helpful tips and book recommendations. Thank you for letting me share my love of literacy!

Please contact me with any questions or thoughts!

Nicole Hughes

(nhughes@stanneschoolbristol.org)

Why is Poetry important?

Most adults associate poetry with textbooks, and many kids simply see it as something they don't understand.


Poetry, however, is exciting and central to our lives- we just don't always realize it. April is "National Poetry Month," and we are embracing it at Saint Anne! Poetry is one of our oldest forms of art and language. It has been part of almost every major art movement and defines part of our history as humans. Music lyrics, from Bob Dylan to Taylor Swift, are a form of poetry. When a news reporter captures an event in specific, sensory language, it is poetry.


WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR CHILDREN TO READ AND WRITE POETRY:


1. Improves verbal skills: Poetry improves vocabulary and verbal dexterity. Poems should not be read in a straightforward manner, but the reader must place his own emphasis upon keywords and decode meaning.


2. Helps with all types of writing: Poetry can be a game-changer for struggling writers. These students typically like poetry, with its lack of fixed rules, and poetry can become a gateway to other forms of writing. Poetry teaches skills -like precise word choice- that are necessary for other types of writing.


3. Improves Critical Thinking: Poetry forces a reader to think. Meaning in poems is not always obvious or one-dimensional. Deciphering poetry is an active practice, and students learn to analyze literature.


4. It is fun: Poetry is a way to play with words, to embrace silliness in a rhyming poem or beautiful language in a sensory poem.


WAYS TO INCORPORATE POETRY AND WORD PLAY INTO YOUR FAMILY LIFESTYLE:


Poetry Book Suggestions for Reading Aloud

Students have enjoyed learning poetry this month!