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Recognizing that poetry enhances any early childhood curriculum, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas have created a teaching resource that will enable you to use poetry to its full advantage to expand children's oral language capabilities, develop phonological awareness, and teach about the intricacies of print.

The poems, songs, and chants in Sing a Song of Poetry (K, 1, 2) immerse primary students in rich, rhythmical language, providing age-appropriate opportunities to:

  • enjoy language through shared reading
  • introduce new language-vocabulary and structures
  • stimulate oral language development
  • promote phonemic awareness-sounds in words, rhymes, syllables
  • present meaningful print with familiar text
  • provide models of, and allow children to participate in, fluent, phrased oral reading
  • strengthen letter recognition and introduce spelling patterns
  • draw attention to the connections between letters and sounds within words
  • help children connect words that sound or look alike
  • instill an appreciation for the elements of poetry-rhyme, rhythm, repetition, figurative language, and sensory images
  • build a foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of poetry.
 
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