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by , 09-01-2010 at 05:13 AM (5223 Views)
Make Time for Rhyme
by Jamie

As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had seven sacks
Each sack had seven cats
Each cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?

One of the most important reading readiness skills is the development of strong rhyming ability. This cognitive awareness of words and their endings is a crucial skill for developing good readers. Research tells us that a child’s ability to read is an indicator of their future success in education. To sum up, a good rhymer is usually a good reader, and a good reader is usually a good student.
Rhyming is appealing to all ages because it is educational play. Basically, it’s just downright fun to rhyme and even more fun to make those cute little hig pigs or hinky pinkys… oh yeah…way too much fun!
Fun aside, rhyming is important to literacy because it teaches us how to break apart words (analyze) them for their parts. Rhyming also allows us to build word families (synthesis) like store, more, core, etc. All of these skills are prerequisites to good reading and writing ability.
Rhyming also teaches children about the rhythm and beauty of language. Have you ever been touched by a beautiful poem? Did you love mother good rhymes as a child? Many of the most popular nursery rhymes have been around for hundreds of years, and there is a reason for that. Children love rhyme. There is a beauty in the rhythm of language that almost every person can appreciate. Rhyme is definitely one of those rare tools for learning that combines fun with education.
In teaching my own children, I have found many helpful tools to encourage the use of rhyming. We enjoy playing rhyming word games as we work around the house, using online resources for hig pigs and online spelling lists, and just reading good old poetry and nursery rhymes.
I listed one of my favorite nursery rhymes at the top of this post… it combines math (which is my favorite) and rhyme. Some people even consider this a riddle because it poses a question. What is your favorite rhyme? Please comment to share yours with us…

Updated 09-01-2010 at 09:25 AM by thegaddy5



  1. Strouse House's Avatar
    Love your post!!!! I like to read my kids the kid books that rhyme. Some times those books turn into tongue twisters but that is the best part. The giggles that some rhyming words and stories can create.

    Thanks for sharing...
  2. five_blessed's Avatar
    Isn't it amazing what kids learn when you throw in a rhyme? I LOVE it! Thanks for this post, Jamie!