"Does table and chair rhyme mommy?" My four-year-old has this thing lately with trying to rhyme. I have decided I am horrible at teaching this concept. I think he got this fetish when the "Horton Hears a Who?" movie promotions started showing up. We now have six to 10 Dr. Seuss books.
Today he asked me if blanket and Cranky rhymes. Well, at least that's a little closer. I am not sure if he's catching on or just gets lucky once in a while like when he said, "box and fox-that rhymes, right?" (That's probably from a Dr. Seuss book)
I found this teacher's forum that looks at how to teach rhyming to preschool/kindergarten age kids. The teacher mentions that her "bright" kids are having a hard time understanding the concept.
Here are some tips they mention:
- Read stories that rhyme.
- Give a word such as "cat" and start naming words that rhyme with it.
- Use Note cards: "Sometimes I write an ending on a card (for Sheep in a Jeep I would write -eep). Then I make other cards with sh, j, b, and st. Then we make the words from the book with the index cards. (sheep, jeep, beep, steep). This has helped some of the kids that weren't getting the idea."
- Sing the name game. "News, news bo bews, banana fanna fo fews Me my mo mews, News!"
- Use picture cards of things that rhyme like cat, bat and rat.
Some of these things I am already doing. I think I will try the index cards and pictures with the words written at the bottom. I did read a study on how rhyming is closely connected with learning to read. Therefore, it makes sense to me that teaching him his letters will help him rhyme!