Author(s): Andy Croft
Andy Croft strongly believes that you don't have to be 'good at English' to be able to enjoy the music of ordinary speech. Using rhythm and rhyme is a democratic creative act that is equally hard and equally easy for everyone. It has special rules which won't let you reach for the first word that comes into your head. Your words have to fit the pattern. You don't have to write anything down, but you do have to become a writer. And once you have become a writer, you might become a reader...A Creative Approach to Teaching Rhythm and Rhyme is a guide for primary teachers to develop pupils' speaking and listening skills - their use of anticipation and memory and their ability to enjoy language and participate in its common music. It is a book about celebrating the music of ordinary speech. It features practical warm-up sessions, games, models and examples to help pupils to become readers, writers and confident speakers through the lively practice of rhythm and rhyme.
The content of this book is based on Andy Croft's experience of working with children in over 400 UK schools and will provide teachers with ideas, games, examples and models that they can use in the classroom to encourage their children to become writers and readers through the practice of rhyme and rhythm.
This confident belief in the power of rhyme and rhythm comes across powerfully in this inspiring book which will encourage teachers to take a fresh look at their teaching. -- Sarah Brew www.parentsintouch.co.uk
Andy has taught poetry in over 400 schools across the UK (also in Paris, Connecticut, Moscow and Siberia). He has run many CPD days for teachers about using rhythm and rhyme in the classroom. Some of his poems were used in the CBeebies series Poetry Pie (2009). He has written or edited over 80 books. His poetry collections include Nowhere Special, Just as Blue, Great North, Comrade Laughter, Ghost Writer, Sticky, Three Men on the Metro (with W.N. Herbert and Paul Summers) and Nineteen Forty-eight (with Martin Rowson).