April is National Poetry Month!


The Importance of Nursery Rhymes


Nursery rhymes are magic! They are a child's first introduction
to the joy of language and to the enchanted world of books. Their
lilting rhythms and rhymes, their short, simple sentences and their
clever repetition of key words and phrases start children's eyes, minds
and hearts dancing along the rhythmical lines of poetry and into a
lifelong love of lyrical language. It is the joyous power of poetry
that turns listeners into readers and readers into writers.

--Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)


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"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."

--Mem Fox


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If every parent and every child read a poem a day,
Their hearts would be lighter,
Their worlds would be brighter,
Their minds would soar far, far away.

--Charles Ghigna (Father Goose)



© 2010 Charles Ghigna

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