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For many kids, the bounce of jumping rope is not only fun and a great cardiovascular exercise, but it also helps a child's ability to focus and learn. In first grade, emerging readers spend lots and lots of time on letter sounds and rhyme. They practice on everything, including days of the week and favorite foods. The next time your first grader pulls out a jump rope, try sneaking in a little academic support as well. Here are two jumprope chants your child can jump to, and that help with “body memory” of key reading concepts. Your child will have fun jumping rope and the rhymes will help her learn the days of the week in no time!