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Rhyming: more than just your favorite pastime

Rhyming is such a fun skill for students to learn, especially in early childhood! It is also another important stepping stone to reading. Rhyming and word play help students' language skills early on as well, and helps them develop phonemic awareness. These foundational skills are so important, especially as they enter Kindergarten. Some of the most common ways parents and teachers practice rhyme is through the use of nursery rhymes such as "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "Little Miss Muffet". These little songs and poems are great for acting out and retelling.

More ways to rhyme with your child:

-Books are one of my favorite ways to introduce and practice rhyming: Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Dr. Seuss books, There Was an Old Lady Series, and more! Ask your local librarian for some suggestions.

-Rhyming games and songs like "the name game" classic nursery rhymes, and lots of songs are available on YouTube

-Read or write poems, change out words for sillier versions that also rhyme!

Scholastic has some other links, books and suggestions on their website. Check it out here.

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