Rhyming Time!

RHYMING TIME! | Eleanor turned 3 a few months ago, and she has shown a growing interest in learning to
read. She loves pointing out letters she recognizes, and she is learning what sounds each letter makes. One way we are encouraging her interest is through rhyming words. In conversation, if a simple word comes up, we ask her what it rhymes with. For example:

Eleanor: Dad, you’re wearing a hat!
Dad: I am! It’s a black hat. Do you know what rhymes with hat?

We’ll then name several words that rhyme, and she has started jumping in with her own
suggestions too.

The other day she decided to build a block tower in a cardboard box (don’t ask us why haha), and she pointed out all on her own that box and blocks rhyme! Being the big sister, she has started relaying what she learns to her little sister, Claire (19 months). We’ll overhear Eleanor asking Claire if she knows what words rhyme with. Not only is it adorable, but it shows that she understands!

Additionally, Eleanor loves to sing and since we’ve been focusing on rhyming, she will now pause and recognize when songs have rhyming words. It’s amazing how focusing on The Basic – Talk, Sing and Point has strengthened her foundation for reading and helped her overall brain development!

By Lizzy Tahsuda

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