How does rhyming help my child read? Much like any other skill, children need to set a strong foundation of pre-literacy skills before learning to read. These children need to understand the alphabetic principle, or the awareness of letter-sound correspondence. Before being successful readers, children must also learn about phonological awareness, or the understanding that sentences are made up of words, words are made up parts (syllables), and each syllable has distinctive sounds.
A subset of phonological awareness is phonemic awareness, or the ability to manipulate sounds to change word meaning, make new words, or even segment and then blend sounds together to make words.
Rhyming is a key step for emerging readers. Once children begin to understand rhyming, they are one step closer to reading.
Read! Providing opportunities for children to hear rhymes as they naturally occur and predict what word might come next, children will begin to associate rhyming and reading with fun! Children will develop the appropriate framework for rhyming and learn how to generate their own rhymes. Dr. Seuss books are always a favorite and children enjoy the silly words and colorful pages.
Sing! Songs are a great way to further rhyming abilities, as children can again predict what word might follow. Singing along in the car or at home can further children’s emergent love for words and reading and set them up for success at school.
Play! Children benefit from involved parents. Parents who take an interest in furthering learning and helping their children with literacy are likely to make the most gains. Apps and computers can be fun, but make sure to participate with children and reinforce stimulus presented electronically.
Talk with children about words, sounds, and sentences and make up rhymes together! Children may also enjoy picking the “odd man out,” or identifying a word that doesn’t rhyme from a group of rhyming words! Rhyming can be a great way to engage with children and promote early literacy skills.
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