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Rhyme with Me — It's Fun, You See!

language awareness 85Rhyming helps children to connect letters with sounds.

What you need:

Books with rhyming words, games, or songs

What to do:

The first activities in the list below work well with younger children. As your child grows older, the later activities let him do more. But keep doing the first ones as long as he enjoys them.

1. Play rhyming games and sing rhyming songs with your child. Many include hand clapping, playing with balls, and playing in groups.

2. Read rhymes to your child. When reading a familiar one, stop before a rhyming word and encourage your child to fill in the rhyme. When he does, praise him.

3. Listen for rhymes in songs you know or hear on the radio, TV, at family or other gatherings, and sing them with your child.

4. Encourage your child to play rhyming games on a computer, if one is available.

Children around the world have fun with rhyming games and songs.

Source: Helping Your Child Become a Reader, U.S. Department of Education

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