ERIC Number: EJ898734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 8
"Snow on My Eyelashes": Language Awareness through Age-Appropriate Poetry Experiences
Elster, Charles A.
Young Children, v65 n5 p48-50, 52-55 Sep 2010
Rhymes and poems can be a natural starting point for young children as they experience the world and learn to understand spoken, written, and visual languages. Poetry contains highly patterned, predictable language that has unique potential to promote memorable and pleasurable experiences in preschool, kindergarten, and primary classrooms. As children gain literacy skills in the primary grades, they build on knowledge of spoken language, which is invisible and temporary, to explore written language, which is visible and more permanent. Age-appropriate experiences with poetry can increase young children's attention to the many possible uses and techniques of language. Awareness of language is a key to literacy learning, but an overemphasis on one aspect of language awareness--phonemic awareness--sometimes limits educators' views of the broader picture. In this article, the author explores the value of poetry experiences for promoting young children's language awareness, with phonemic awareness as one part of that learning process, and he shares two teachers' classroom approaches.
Descriptors: Speech, Phonemics, Metalinguistics, Written Language, Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness, Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Poetry, Rhyme, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
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