Phonemic awareness is the understanding of how sounds work in words. These skills are auditory and use visual clues, but not written words. When children develop and strengthen their phonemic awareness it assist them in moving forward as readers and writers.
The first phrase of phonemic awareness typically is rhyming and syllables. Today we will work on rhyming, which I feel often is more challenging for children than syllables.
Hink Pink is pairs of rhyming words that either answer a riddle or match a silly definition.
Here are some riddles:
- What do you call a chubby kitty? (a fat cat)
- What do you call a crying father? (a sad dad)
- What do you call a table that doesn’t fall down? (a stable table)
- What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes? (a funny bunny)
Here are some silly definitions:
- lengthy tune (long song)
- small annoying insect that is not wet (dry fly)
- large group of people who make a lot of noise (loud crowd)
- stinging insect who doesn’t cost money (free bee)
- closet to keep sweeping tool (broom room)
Invite your child to try and create their own pair of rhyming words and then create their own hink pink to go with the rhyming pair.
Have your child illustrate pictures to match their hink pink.
Share your rhyming results with me. Could your child solve the riddles? Could they create their own? Did you draw pictures to match your hink pink?