The poetic puzzle is a literature genre in Arab culture. There are many poetic puzzles that children have learned for generations.
The poetic puzzles for children has, in general, tangible descriptions (its shape, color, taste, environmental sphere…) or practical descriptions (its uses). Those descriptions help the child to understand the poetic puzzle, as it demands also thinking abilities such as categorizing and generalizing. In general, children develop these abilities by the age of 5. That is why children under the age of 5 usually find it hard to understand poetic puzzles.
How can we, as parents, help our children to understand the poetic puzzles in this book?
- Let them look at the illustration and try to figure the subject of the poetic puzzle.
- Read the text together and explain the difficult and unfamiliar vocabularies.
- Try to collect few key words that can help us to solve the poetic puzzle (for example, the train poetic puzzle: the smoke, honk, railway and the station).
- Encourage them to connect between the answers, and the collection of the key words in the text, to help figure out the right answer.
In order to develop children’s abilities to understand poetic puzzles, you can play together “Let us figure this out”. All you need to do is ask a child to look around and ask the following: what thing among the furniture, is yellow, made of wood, and we use it when we want to rest?. This type of method helps the child to understand the poetic puzzle especially when you describe from the general to the specific, which means its belonging to a specific group (furniture, bird, food…), and then to specific characteristics (its color, taste, shape and function…).
Children enjoy making their own poetic puzzle to challenge us.
We share with you our suggestions to read the poetic puzzles with your children…