Educational neuroscientists Dr Usha Goswami (Cambridge) and Dr Peter Bryant Watts (Oxford) plus many other people high in the literacy world are promoting the use of rhyming and rhythmic poetry in school classrooms. They tell us that this is important because it helps children to develop phonological awareness (the ability to break words down into sounds) and therefore speeds up the literacy skills. See these two articles: A REASON FOR RHYME: READING BETWEEN THE RHYMES: http://www.josiespoems.webeden.co.uk/#/reading-between-the-rhymes/4558283402 and also: A REASON FOR RHYME: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-reason-for-rhyme-52688/. i have not only been a teacher all my life but am a well published children's poet who has specialized in this type of poetry and although I've only been writing in the last few years, my poems went into 146 countries last month and have reached over half a million classrooms. Has there been a lack of this type of poetry over the years and is this a come-back, and how do you feel about using poems with rhythm and rhyme and lots of stories in your own classrooms? If you'd like to see some of the 900 poems which I've just written (and hundreds are published), do come to my website by Googling JOSIE'S POEMS. But most of all I would like to hear from you in this forum whether you are using this type of poetry in your classrooms and is it really working for you and your pupils?