Phase 1 - Rhyming Books

Phase One: Rhythm and Rhyme

Purpose: To develop awareness of rhyme through shared reading.

30-50 months:

Enjoys rhyming and rhythmic activities and shows awareness of rhyme.

Listens to and joins in with stories and poems.

Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates phrases in rhymes and stories.

40-60 months:

Continues a rhyming string.

Enjoys an increasing range of books.

Children sometimes find it difficult to identify rhyming words. One way to support them is to read rhyming books regularly.

I have uploaded a video of myself reading Oi Frog with two little helpers! The Oi Frog series written by Kes Gray contain memorable rhymes and amusing illustrations. They are perfect for helping children to practise their rhyming skills.

When reading rhyming books, try to read with plenty of intonation and expression so that your child can tune into the rhythm of the language and the rhyming words. Encourage your child to join in with repetitive phrases such as "Run, run, as fast as you can, You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man".

If you have a favourite rhyming book, leave a comment on this blog post or head over to @miniwritersclub and let me know.


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