Have you memorized your favorite poem?

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Learning a poem by heart is a lot of fun for some children. For others, however, it leads to great frustration. If memorizing is difficult, a multi-sensory learning strategy can help.

Multi-sensory learning a poem

Reading a poem over and over again is more tiring than learning. Capturing a poem with different senses, on the other hand, is fun and helps you memorize it faster.

But how do you go about it exactly?

Depending on their reading skills, the child reads the poem out loud or has it read out loudly.

Now the child is allowed to express the content of the poem in their own words. This quickly shows whether the child has even understood the meaning of the poem. If not, this is the best opportunity to talk more precisely about the poem and to work on the content together.

Then it can continue:

On a piece of paper, the child creates a grid with one field per stanza. The individual fields are numbered consecutively. Now it is important to find a particularly suitable, memorable picture for each stanza and paint it in the corresponding field. It's fun and especially appeals to the more creative children. Ultimately, however, it does not depend on how well the pictures are painted, but simply that they are a good reminder ...

Now the child can first say the rhyming words of the first stanza aloud several times. If you like, you can also write it in the picture.

Now the child reads the first stanza of the poem several times, leaving the text more and more and instead using the picture as a reminder. Movement also helps: the child will soon be able to walk around to the rhythm of the poem or run on the spot while reciting and only use the picture they have drawn.

When the first stanza "sits", the same procedure continues with the next stanza. Don't forget to repeat the first stanza too! Little by little, all the stanzas are processed and internalized. Finally, recite the poem without help - great, it works!

PS: Maybe someone will recognize which poem our cover picture could belong to? Find the solution here 🙂

Image source: LegaKids Stiftungs-GmbH