When children to move in time to music, it helps them develop a sense of rhythm. Performing activities such as dancing, marching, or clapping to a beat helps children learn where to divide language, which will help them sound out words when they are learning to read.
Did you know that rhyming is one indication of how easily a child will learn to read? Rhyming helps children recognize shared letter sequences, such as –at in cat, rat, and bat, which will help children sound out words when they begin to read. Most children love hearing rhymes and participating in rhyming activities. Here is a simple one you can do at home. Have your child decorate an old box. Hide some easily rhymable objects inside, such as a dog or hat. Have your child reach inside the box and pull out an object. See how many words they can think of that rhyme with that object.
What if all your family members were named Dave? Wouldn’t that get confusing? Listen to this silly story called Too Many Daves by Dr. Seuss. Then have some fun making up your own story about your family.
Helping your child understand that words have a rhythm and can be broken down into syllables will help your child later when he/she is sounding out words while learning to read. As you read Roadwork by Sally Sutton with your child, clap along to the sound words such as “Ping! Bang! Tap!”
This book uses three traditional nursery rhymes and has fun with them. Nursery rhymes are fun to sing and say with your children. Even if children do not understand the meaning of all the words in the rhymes, hearing them is helping children develop phonological awareness, or the ability to play with parts of words.
–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant