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Developing the Concept of Rhyme (page 3)

By — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
Updated on Jul 20, 2010

Sing Rhymes and Read Lots of Rhyming Books

There are many wonderful rhyming books, but because of its potential to develop phonemic awareness, one deserves special mention. Along with other great rhyming books, Dr. Seuss wrote There's a Wocket in My Pocket. In this book, all kinds of Seussian creatures are found in various places. In addition to the wocket in the pocket, there is a vug under the rug, a nureau in the bureau, and a yottle in the bottle! After several readings, children delight in chiming in to provide the nonsensical word and scary creature that lurks in harmless-looking places. After reading the book a few times, it is fun to decide what creatures might be lurking in your classroom. Let children make up the creatures, and accept whatever they say as long as it rhymes with their object:

"There's a pock on our clock!"
"There's a zindow looking in our window!"
"There's a zencil on my pencil!"

Once you have found some wonderful books with lots of rhymes, follow these steps to assure your children are learning to recognize and produce rhymes:

  1. Pick a book with lots of rhymes that you think your children will "fall in love with." Read, enjoy, and talk about the content of the book, and let children become thoroughly comfortable and familiar with the book. Remember that children who are lucky enough to own books want books read to them again and again.
  2. After the children are very familiar with the book, reread it again, and tell them that the author of this book made it "fun to say" by including lots of rhymes. Read the book, stopping after each rhyme, and have children identify the rhyming words and say them with you.
  3. 3. For the next reading, tell the children that you are going to stop and have them fill in the rhyming word. Read the whole book, stopping each time and asking the children to supply the rhyming word.
  4. The activities in steps 2 and 3 have helped children identify rhymes. We also want children to produce rhymes. Depending on the book, find a way to have your students make up similar rhymes. Producing rhymes was what children were doing when they made up rhyming items such as "the zencil on the pencil."

Recognizing and producing rhymes is one of the critical components of phonemic awareness. Children who engage in these kinds of activities with wonderful rhyming books will develop the concept of rhyme.

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