Learning to identify rhymes is a fundamental phonemic awareness skill for young children. Not only does your child need to listen carefully to each word but he needs to listen for sounds in specific positions in words. To identify a set of rhyming words, your child will need to listen for sounds in the ending position of each word.
When a child can identify rhymes, it is evident he is able to isolate sounds in words. This will be important as your child learns to write, as writing involves your child first hearing the word he wants to write, then isolating individual sounds within the word, then applying letter(s) to each sound he hears.
The beginning rhyming worksheets are an excellent way to introduce your child to the concept of rhyming. With four pictures on the page, your young child can consider a limited number of options while he practices. Just be sure to to glance quickly at all of the pictures to make sure that you know what to call each one. For example, if the first picture is a bat, you would know to call the kitten a “cat” when labeling the pictures for your child.
For young children first learning to rhyme, explain to your child that he is searching for words that end with the same sound. Then, give your child a simple example of a rhyming pair of words, such as “mom” and “tom” or “hat” and “cat.” Be sure to engage your child’s eyes and ears by asking him to point to each picture as you say aloud the name.
If your child is struggling to identify the rhyming pair on each beginning worksheet, try focusing only on the two words that you have identified as rhyming and ignore the other two pictures on the page. Say aloud the name of the first picture then immediately say aloud the name of the picture that completes the rhyming set. Ask your child if he hears how they sound similar and repeat the two words again. With practice and exposure, your child will learn to identify the rhyming pairs without such strong guidance.
The intermediate rhyming worksheets provide additional, and slightly more challenging, rhyming practice. Each page contains six pictures instead of only four, but there is still only one rhyme per worksheet.
To reinforce the concept of rhyming words for a child who already understands the basic concept of rhyming, I suggest playing a modified version of “I Spy.” Rather than simply giving a clue of what you spy, give your child rhyming clues such as, “I spy something blue that rhymes with hall.” (ball)
The advanced rhyming worksheets require your child to remember the words in the first column as he searches for a rhyming word in the second column. By adding more pictures to a page, your child will need to pay extra attention to each individual picture and not become distracted. Also, since each page contains four rhymes instead of one rhyme, these worksheets pose an advanced challenge for young children.
Is your child ready for an advanced rhyming game? Check back tomorrow for two Memory-style rhyming games to play with your child at home.
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