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Poems offer an exciting way for children to learn and are a natural extension to early lullabies that you might have entertained them with as babies. The rhythm and rhyme of a poem are similar to that of songs but beyond that, poetry introduces expressions such as similes and metaphors. These offer new ways to express everyday observations and by exposing children to poetry, they will broaden their language skills and adopt these constructs themselves. Young children will learn a poem simply by hearing it over and over and they will delight in pretending to read a poem back to you whereas they are actually reciting it from memory - arguably a more impressive feat than being able to read! Learning poems at an early age helps develop their memory and capacity to learn.