Rhyming Words Posters. The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonological awareness skill. Research indicates there is a correlation between phonological awareness and reading ability.1 Working on rhyming skills is usually part of most programs of reading instruction for that reason.
Learning and singing rhymes boosts young children’s confidence. Rhymes also serve as a handy tool to motivate children and keep them away from electronics. Unfortunately nursery rhymes are disappearing from our young children’s lives. They get replaced by gadgets and computer games.
Rhyming words for kids can be an exciting way to do just that! When rhyming, your child is likely to engage more and, in the process, continue wanting to learn about language.Before we explore the different ways to teach rhyming words for kids, it’s important to know why you may want to put in all this effort. Why should your child bother learning this skill?
Rhyming benefits children in plenty of ways. Let’s take a look at some right now.
1) Better Information Retention
One of the benefits of rhymes is that they help children (and adults) retain information more quickly and easily.
Children enjoy the feeling of reading deeply familiar stories, and doing so can even allow young readers to memorize parts of a book (or a whole book!).
Since these books are full of rhyming words, they’re easier to remember. That’s because rhymes stick in your child’s brain more quickly than other types of spoken language.
As your child hears the words, their mind breaks them down into sounds and makes connections between them. This connection between the words makes them easier to recall in the future.
Because of the impact of rhyme, many adults can still recite poems or songs they learned way back in elementary school.
2) Reading And Writing Benefits
If your child learns how to spell the word “fun,” it’s much easier for them to spell “run” correctly. Rhyming helps them pick up on patterns and word families, which can benefit them as they learn to read and write.
Finding patterns in words can unlock the world of reading for your child. They’ll discover success reading children’s books written in rhyme, which can be a huge confidence booster!
And, as they continue reading, they’ll be able to take what they’ve learned and apply it to non-rhyming words.
3) Phonological Awareness Development
Phonological awareness helps children identify and isolate sounds in words.
For instance, a child with phonological awareness will understand that the “all” sound in “ball” is the same “all” sound in mall, tall, hall, wall, etc.
Rhyming is one of the activities that can help develop this skill.
4) Listening Skills
Kids hear rhymes before they can read them. So, when you play with rhymes together, you help your child learn to listen to the different sounds in a word.
Listening is an essential skill that kids need to practice. As you work with your child on rhyming, they’ll be learning to use their ears to collect all of the information they need.
5) A Fun Way To Play With Language
Learning shouldn’t be boring, especially if you want to capture and hold your child’s attention. So, how do you bring some fun into it?
Rhyming words for kids can be an exciting way to do just that! When rhyming, your child is likely to engage more and, in the process, continue wanting to learn about language.
Samples From the Posters
Rhyming skills make learning about sequences of letters and sequences shared by words which also rhyme easier for children. Nursery rhymes improve phonological awareness (the recognition of rhymes and phonemes), which in effect improve reading skills. There is a strong and enduring connection between early childhood knowledge of nursery rhymes and later aspects of their linguistic development.