Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick.
Jack jump over the candlestick!
Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.
Rhymes are all around us. Poems, slogans, jingles, and songs frequently use rhymes to get their message across. Identifying rhyming words is an important skill as children develop their understanding of language.
Playing a modified version of "I Spy" can help your child hear the similarities of rhyming words.
"Tonight for supper we are having tacos and something that rhymes with NICE." (rice)
"It's time to do laundry. Would you help me match some things that rhyme with CLOCKS?" (socks)
"Let's go to the park and play on something that rhymes with THINGS." (swings)
As your child grows, he may ask YOU for the rhyming words! This may have humorous results, as when he says, "Mom! Can you find a color that rhymes with SPLORANGE?!" (orange)
Here are some easy rhymes and songs that you can share with your youngster. This extensive collection of videos is provided by the awesome Children's Librarians at Jbrary.
Here are some other great tips from a blog on Scholastic.com.
Here are some simple ways to play rhyming games at home. They are provided by the University of Virginia and, while written for use by classroom teachers, can be used by parents and caregivers!