Early Literacy Aside–Example: Let’s take an interesting word from this book we just read. [Choose a word.] Now we’ll play this song game. Helping your children make rhymes or notice words that rhyme is one way to help them hear the smaller sounds in words which will help them later to sound out words.
Song to the tune of A Hunting We Will Go
A rhyming we will go
A rhyming we will go
We’ll catch a rhyme
In the nick of time
And this is how it goes.
I caught the word _____! What rhymes with ______? Good, what else rhymes with _____?
Repeat as often as you like. Rhyming words can be nonsense words!
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Remember the rhyming song game we played earlier? You can play this little game any place, any time you are with your children–in the car, waiting in line, at the doctor’s office. These little things you do all add up to make a difference in helping your child be ready to learn to read. When you help them hear and make rhymes, you are helping your child develop phonological awareness, hearing the smaller sounds in words so they can later sound out words when they learn to read.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Helping children hear the beginning sounds of words is one way to develop their phonological awareness–their ability to hear the smaller sounds in words. This will later help them sound out words when they learn to read. You can put new words to the tune of the song Old Macdonald. I’ll say two words and you see if you can hear the beginning sound which is the same for both words. SSSSSad and SSSSSSilly. What’s the sound that is the same for both words? Right! /s/ Now we’ll sing a song about it. Let’s try it.
To the tune of Old Macdonald Had a Farm
What’s the sound that these words share?
Listen to these words:
Sad and silly are these words
Tell me what you heard.
With a /s/, /s/, here and a /s/, /s/ there
Here a /s/, there a /s/, everywhere a /s/, /s/
/S/ is the sound that these words share.
We can hear the sound!
Try other words and sounds. It is easier for the children to join in with the sounds if you talk about the words before singing the song.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: We just read a book with rhyming words and then went back to a page and talked about the rhyming words. In order to emphasize rhyming words, here is a song you can sing after you and your child have talked about two rhyming words. So let’s say you have noticed that ball and tall rhyme. Here’s the song.This helps develop your child’s phonological awareness, being able to hear the smaller sounds in words.
A tisket a tasket
Let’s make a rhyming basket
Boy and toy share an ending sound.
Rhyming words are all around!