game · phonemic awareness

Phonemic Awareness Thursday- Rhyming

I have found over the years that rhyming is a lot harder for children to understand than you would expect. I can give you a few theories I have, but remember they are just my thoughts!

First, often times children listen to the first sound of a word and then make assumptions of the word based on context or background knowledge. This is very evident when children begin reading. They will look at the first letter and then just guess a word with that beginning sound.

Also, children are typically better at picking out two words that rhyme than coming up with words on their own. Again… children see/hear words based on the first sound and with rhymes you need to hear the rime of the word not the onset. They also have to have the word sense and vocabulary to pull words out of their memory.

There are lots of ways to play with rhymes and they are all important! When working with rhyme, I usually start with poems, song and stories that have many rhymes. Songs and poems can be memorized and then adapted. This is why children enjoy nursery rhymes and songs such as Down by the Bay by Raffi.

There are many online rhyming games, such as these games on PBS Kids. But you can also make your own rhyming games at home.

Play I spy with rhymes. I spy something that rhymes with head– bed, red. something that rhymes with hair– chair, pear. etc…

Sing head shoulders knees and toes, but put in words that rhyme with the body parts instead

red, boulders, trees and rose

bed, folders, please and grows

skies and years and south and does

bread, holders, sneeze and hose

keys and snows

Make it fun! Play games with rhymes all the time. They will get it… it will click. Have fun

game · phonemic awareness

Hink Pink

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?