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Poetry is a wonderful way for children to experiment with language. They enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the words.When we think of Valentines Day that little poem “Roses are Red” often comes to mind. Rhyming poems are important for phonological awareness as children learn to listen for words that rhyme. They can also manipulate words to make their own poems. It is a fun way to encourage language and literacy development.
Here are some whimsical options (which I thought of) you may enjoy for that old stand by:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you!

Roses are red
Canaries are yellow
You are really
A handsome young fellow.

Roses are red
Some shirts are plaid
You are the best friend
I’ve ever had.

Roses are red
Flamingos are pink
For you I just did
All the dishes in the sink.

Roses are red
Grasses are green
You are the prettiest girl
I have ever seen.

Roses are red
Elephants are gray
I hope that you have
A really nice day.

Roses are red
Violets are purple
I just made you
A really good slurp(le).

You and your child can make up poems, too. To get some ideas, check out your local library for some books on poetry. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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