Priming for rhyming

February 28, 1999

ACTIVITY

Children enjoy the playful language contained in rhymes. Rhyming introduces children to the sounds of words and improves their sensitivity to the phonemes that make up our language. Through rhymes children learn that language not only has meaning, but it also has form. A Web source that allows children to complete rhymes and to submit some of their own is www.abctooncenter.com/rhymes.htm.

Did You Ever See?:

Silliness is the name of the game with this fun activity. Read a variety of funny rhymes and poems by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky. Then get silly with your own endings like the ones below:

* Did you ever see a mouse in a (house)?

* Did you ever see a cat wearing a (hat)?

* Did you ever see a goat sail a (boat)?

* Did you ever see a bear in a (chair)?

* Did you ever see a dog sit on a (log, frog)?

Keep in mind that children don't play rhyming games in the same way an adult would. Many of their rhyming words may not be real words or their responses may not be closely related to the clue word. Accept any response that rhymes because the purpose is to demonstrate almost any word can rhyme and that rhyming can be fun!

-- Susan Rapp, Village Reading Center

Pub Date: 02/28/99

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