In most of the times when you ask any child to recite a poem or a rhyme, nine out of ten children will start “Twinkle, twinkle, little star …” Why? This is because this is the most favorite to them and the mystic stars always attract them and their imagination. It is therefore this poem ‘shines like a diamond’ in their imagination: the sky since it was published way back in 1806.
Every child has got an unbreakable and strange connection with their nursery rhymes. However, if you want your child to be one out of those ten and excel in poetry recitation you will need to make sure of a few things.
- You will need to teaching him or her how to recite a poem complete with actions
- Listen to the music on the background, if any
- Keep the tiny hands clasped behind tightly when no actions are required
- Modulating the voice as much as possible, et al.
Most importantly, you will need to teach her how to select the right type of English poems for recitation or do it yourself. In any ways, you will need to explore and keep on exploring to make your child better and better over time in reciting poems.
Choose according to age
You must consider the age of your child while choosing a poem for him or her. This is one of the most important things to consider because you need to make sure that he or she understands or at least feels the interest in the poem. It is only then he or she will be reciting it in a better way with proper and relevant actions put in here and there. This will also make it sound better as per his or her voice.
For little children the best thing to choose is easy rhymes like the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. You can also try according to the ability of your child other easy poems and songs such as:
- The good morning song
- The clean-up song and even
- The magic words song.
These are some specific poems that are taught in schools to kids as their first lessons and sung by them for generations.
For grown up, the poems should be more meaningful and often with a message to convey. It must also be accompanied with elaborate voice modulation as much as possible because scope of actions in such poems recited by the adults are really minimal.
The final verdict
When you choose a poem for kids, it should be downright ‘awesome and easy.’ On the other hand, when it is to be recited by an adult it should be more thoughtful.
For young or for the old, the best way to choose a poem for recitation is to start stocking them early so that you can create a library of poetry for every occasion. Make sure that the poems are easy to connect to the reciter as well as the audience it is meant for and always focus on the role play.