This week we talked about the fun of Sharing Rhymes. Mem Fox says that knowing at least 5 nursery rhymes by heart when entering school is the best indicator of being a good reader by age 8 (Fox, Reading Magic). Start sharing rhymes early to build children’s reading foundations.
Here are some of the tips we shared this week in storytime classes:
- So much brain development happens in the first two years of life. Singing songs about sensory/visual objects like itsy bitsy spider and concepts like colors help your baby absorb new sights, smells, sounds, and textures and build connections in the brain. - Miss Katie
- The more you use rhymes with your kids, the better they become at picking up the smaller parts of words, which will be important as they start to read and write. This is even true for babies as they begin to grow their language skills to start talking. - Miss Gennie
- As any parent of a preschooler knows, young children love to hear the same story read over and over. When you pick books that have rhyming verses, kids pick up on the repetitive patterns. It strengthens their memories, which help them down the line. - Miss Shelley
- Once kids learn a traditional rhyme, it's fun to mix it up a bit and challenge their thinking. Change some words, add silly characters, and have fun with it. The itsy-bitsy spider can morph into the giant hairy spider, or the teensy-weensy spider, or the purple patient spider. This helps with vocabulary and phonemic awareness of how words sound and fit together. - Miss Heather
- Say rhymes with your child and ask which 2 words rhyme. Whenever you’re listening to music, chances are pretty good that there are rhymes in that song! – ask your child what words rhyme in the song. - Mr. Andy
- Play rhyming games with your big kids, but don’t limit yourselves to real words. Making up words that rhyme still helps kids identify sounds and isolate parts of words from the whole. Plus, it’s silly fun! - Miss Gennie
What's your favorite rhyme to share with your children?