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Activities for Preschoolers - Rhyme It [From: Preschoolers]
HELPING YOUR PRESCHOOL CHILD
Rhyme It

Rhyming helps children start to pay attention to the sounds in words, which is an important first step in learning to read.

What You Need
  • Books with rhyming words, word games or songs
What To Do
  • Play rhyming games and sing rhyming songs with your child. Many songs and games include clapping and bouncing and tossing balls.

  • Read nursery rhymes to your child. As you read, stop before a rhyming word and encourage her to fill in the blank. When she does, praise her.

  • Listen for rhymes in songs that you know or hear on the radio, TV or at family or other gatherings. Sing the songs with your child.

  • Around the home, point to objects and say their names, for example, sink. Then ask your child to say as many words as he can that rhyme with the name. Other good easily rhymed words are ball, bread, rug, clock and bread. Let him use some silly or nonsense, words as well: ball-tall, call, small, dall, jall, nall.

  • Say three words such as cat, dog and sat and ask your child which words sound the same-rhyme.

  • If your child has an easy-to-rhyme name, ask her to say words that rhyme with it: Kate-plate, late, wait, date, gate.

  • If a computer is available, encourage your child to download and run rhyming games.

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