What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about how rhyming can help your child learn to read.
One major indicator for a child’s reading success is the ability to rhyme. To give your child that extra boost during their 0-5 years, expose them to rhymes early and often.
Keep in mind a very young child may not be able to make a rhyme. However, they can hear the rhyme, especially if you take the time to point it out to them. Set a foundation for rhyming words by sharing nursery rhymes, songs and picture books written in verse. A highly beneficial goal would be helping them to memorize a number of nursery rhymes before they enter kindergarten. And who doesn’t love reading Dr. Seuss to a child?
Each day find the time to sneak in rhyming practice. While waiting at an appointment,play a rhyming game with your child: ask them to come up with rhymes for “shoe” (as you point to your shoe). You could start by suggesting blue, new, glue. If they are old enough to participate, let them. However, if they are pre-talkers you can fill in all the rhymes. Remember nonsense words make great rhymes - so add in plew, banew - the sillier the better. This isn’t a vocabulary lesson, but a challenge in hearing the rhyme.
So rhyme, rhyme all the time
Day and nighttime too
And soon your little rhymer
Will be reading books to you!
Search our catalog for more Dr. Seuss books and other rhyming books. Don’t forget that Tumblebooks has words, pictures, and audio to help kids hear what they’re reading - access it for free with your library card and PIN numbers!