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Reading Activities

Learning about rhyme.  To help children think about words as sound, we can help them break words into smaller parts.   One way to break down the syllable is into onset (everything before the vowel) and rime (the vowel and everything after it).  For example, sleep could be broken into /sl/ and /eep/.  Rhyming means blending a new onset to an old rime.  Before children can produce rhymes, they need a great deal of experience recognizing rhymes.  Listening to rhyming stories, reciting rhyming poetry, and singing rhyming songs should be daily activities in the early childhood classroom.