EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Kate’s Corner: Rhyme Time

Posted on: May 31, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Rhyme Time

Find the time to make a rhyme
each and every day.
In the sun have some fun
while you march and sing and play!

It’s easy to rhyme Tommy with mommy
and Matt with bat and hat.
Have some fun with Karen and Sharon
and sweet, little Cuddles the cat!

A major beginning step to early reading is learning how to rhyme. Think about it: to make a rhyme, it is important to hear the first sound in a word as separate from the rest of the word. The main part of a word stays the same while you replace the beginning sound. This often creates a new, standard word with a totally different meaning. A hat is what you wear on your head. A cat is an animal that can live in your house. To be able to hear the sound, replace the sound and make a new word with a different meaning requires higher level thinking and language ability. This is a true reading skill! It is a big deal!

But rhyming doesn’t always make a new, standard word. Sometimes it’s a simple sound replacement. If your child is excited with rhymes and tells you proudly that Joshua rhymes with Toshua and Lisa rhymes with Misa, celebrate! They have fine tuned their auditory intake and are using discriminating skills that are necessary for reading! Have fun with your family names and create some silly poems!

Rhyming will often be followed with attention to matching initial sounds. Joey will find his letter match in “juice” and “jelly.” Bella finds hers in “butter” and “bunny.” When your child is excited about this reading skill, play with it.

How about a scavenger hunt for matches? Make a collection: cut out a big letter L for Lauren and look through magazines for matching L pictures to cut and paste on Lauren’s letter!

Rhyming and matching are great beginnings for little learners. The whole family can be excited to join in this fun while securing early reading skills. There are many wonderful children’s books that highlight rhyming, rhythm and sounds. Include them in your reading time with your children – it’s priceless!

Here are some good rhyming books to get started:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Elizabeth Kennedy (my favorite)

Playtime Rhymes for Little People Claire Beaton

Barnyard Dance Sandra Boynton

Good Night Moon Mem Fox

all titles by Dr. Seuss

any classic nursery rhyme or song

Make learning fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director


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