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Thursday April 27, 2017 at 4:06pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Otisville Elementary, District


As they walked into school this morning, students found denim pockets full of poems hanging from a couple of easels set up by school librarian Candice Sheerer. And so began Otisville’s celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

There were poems for all tastes and moods: funny, silly, quiet, mysterious, and tongue-twisters too. Among the favorites was the serpent of Loch Ness who ate a whole family to teach them together-ness; the man who lost his head and asked to borrow yours—he’ll have it back by Friday!—and the birthday cake mistake you must chewandchewandchew because mom iced it with glue. (Watch video with poem readings.)

Poem in Your Pocket Day is one way of celebrating Poetry Month, in April, and it works just like you picture it: You pick and print a poem, stick it in your pocket, and share throughout your day.

For children, poetry is a fun way to improve language and reading skills, among others. Studies have shown that toddlers who memorize nursery rhymes grow to be better readers. Poetry, with its rhythms and metric cadences helps children recognize and assimilate sound patterns. Rhymes promote word association and improve vocabulary. As a source of humor, comfort, inspiration and stress reduction, poetry can also help children’s emotional and social development.

So next time you reach for a book to read to your child, try some poetry!