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Rhyming Games to Improve Spelling and Language Skills


ELA: Reading ELA: Writing ^Extra-curricular/At-Home Elementary School Strategy


Auditory Processing Verbal Memory

Rhyming Games to Improve Spelling and Language Skills

All students through age 7, and struggling readers

How To Apply It!

  1. Play rhyming games with your child to develop important early reading skills.
  2. The name game ("Katie b-atie, bo b-atie, Banana fana fo-fatie...") helps with sound discrimination and manipulation
  3. Recite traditional nursery rhymes (e.g. The Eensy Weensy Spider) and read children's literature (books by Mary Ann Hoberman) (Ages 0-5).
  4. Dr. Seuss books use simple rhyme patterns that can be recalled after repeated exposure to build phonological awareness
  5. Play I Spy or I'm Thinking of a Word game (I Spy something that rhymes with fox OR I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with willow)
  6. Play rhyming memory match (Ages 3-7).

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Being able to distinguish and manipulate sounds in words are key skills that underlie reading development. Playing with sounds in words and rhyming can be incorporated into daily activities in a fun and engaging way that will feel more like a game than work. Most children love the sound and the rhythm when playing rhyming games. While listening and creating rhymes, they are developing their phonological awareness, the cornerstone of proficient reading.