Below you will find fun activities to reinforce
language arts skills at home with your child!
Rhyme is found in poetry, songs, and many children's books and games. Most children also love to sing and recite nursery rhymes. Words that can be grouped together by a common sound, for example the "-at" family — cat, hat, and sat — can be used to teach children about similar spellings. Children can use these rhyme families when learning to read and spell. Developing a child's phonological awareness is an important part of developing a reader. Young children's ability to identify rhyme units is an important component of phonological awareness. Research shows that student’s benefit from direct instruction on rhyme recognition paired with fun activities that target this skill.
1. The following link provides parents with printable pages for creating a
rhyme book for your child. Your child can cut out each page and with your
help you can staple the pages together at the left. Parents can include a
more advanced task with this activity by asking your child to write the
rhyming words in the spaces provided.
2. Have your child match the rhyming cards to the pictures on the mat. Each
set has a mat with 8 pictures, with a matching set of 8 cards. Cut the
cards apart and have your child find the matches.
3. Games to Play with Rhyming Cards:
Teacher places 3 rhyming cards on table: 2 rhyme, 1 doesn’t. Children guess which two words rhyme.
Children match pairs of cards that rhyme.
Teacher “deals” out cards to each child. Call on first child to say/show the first card in their stack. Other children look through their cards to find the match. We place matches in the middle of the table.
Using rhyming words in early activities will help children focus on initial sounds.
Beginning Sound Activities
1. Recognizing Sounds (Give the directions below to your child)
You are going to listen for beginning sounds. I will say a sound. Then I will ask you to tell me which word begins with that sound. I might ask, Which word begins with /b/- bear or wear? You would say bear, because bear begins with /b/- /b/ bear. Wear does not begin with /b/, does it?- /b/ wear.
Tell me which word begins with the sound I say…
1. /k/- hat or cat?
2. /s/- sand or band?
3. /p/- wig or pig?
4. /l/- line or fine?
5. /m/- mug or tug?
2. Distinguishing Sounds (Give the directions below to your child)
Listen to the words and tell me which on begins with a different sound.
1. mad, paw, mud, moon
2. lamb, line, lake, chin
3. box, face, fox, feel
4. shop, sheep, show, bark
5. wait, wet, run, wish