One of the biggest signs of reading readiness is the ability to rhyme. Rhyming is also part of phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and play with sounds) and it should not be overlooked. Do you ever play rhyming games with your preschool aged children? They think it is so fun and it really helps lay the foundation for reading instruction.
All you need is your imagination and your child.
You can play this game ANY time during the day – while you’re cooking dinner, in the car, on a walk, or even at bedtime!
- Tell your child you are going to name something you see and then say another word. He or she must listen to the words and tell you whether or not they rhyme.
- Example: Tree/See Ask your child “Do these words rhyme?” Dog/Cap Ask your child, “Do these words rhyme?”
- Once you get going, you can switch up the game by asking your child to provide a word that rhymes with your word. Rhyming can be so fun!
- You could give some really tricky words for your child to decipher! Say, “I see a house. House/Horse Do these words rhyme? What about house/mouse?”
Your child will quickly learn that rhyming words have the same middle and ending sounds. Once your child has the hang of it, see how many words you can think of that rhyme with a given word. You can even ask your child to rhyme using nonsense words, or made up words – that will definitely let you know whether or not your child has mastered the ability to rhyme!
What are some other fun ways you teach your child how to rhyme? Let’s hear it!