How do you write rhyming poetry with children?

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How do you write a basic rhyming poem with children?

Basic rhyming poetry is not as hard as some people think it is. Simple children’s poetry has a rhythm to it. When you write a kid’s poem or any rhyming poem, think of it as a song with no music. Have the child pick a theme they want to write about. This is fun to do with younger children, who are learning about rhyming words, but they don’t have to only use real words. They can create their own to rhyme if they can’t think of a rhyming word. Mix the real with the made up words. The point is to help them use their imaginations and help to teach them about rhyming and rhythmic poetry. Dr. Seuss created a whole world around made up characters and words and children love those stories. Once they have decided what theme they want to create their poem from, then you help them begin to create the poetry. Pick a specific count or beat and follow it throughout the poem. To help follow the cadence use your hands to drum the rhythm as you help them to create their poetry. Keep the poetry simple and easy to repeat. Let them add their own style of humour to the poetry too. Make the lesson a fun one and they will be encouraged to begin to create on their own. To help give them some ideas, read some kid’s rhyming poetry books to them before hand to get them in the mood and to help them understand a little about rhyming poetry and what the project will be. Make the whole experience fun. Then encourage them to wrote some on their own if they are old enough to write. Mama Nono

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