HELPING STUDENTS WITH RHYMING
A reader sent us this question about rhyming:
One of my students can't rhyme at all and I would like to find out how to help. Answers to these questions would be appreciated!
Although the recognition of this skill is one of the first ways that a child demonstrates phonological awareness, some children need additional, explicit instruction in conjunction with reading and listening to nursery rhymes, songs, and poetry.
On the Phonemic Awareness Activities Page we have a “Rhyming Groups Folder Template” in which I track my students’ progression. I recommend taking a look at this progression to figure out which category your student falls. It sounds like your student is unable to PRODUCE rhymes. What you need to determine next is if your student can HEAR them. Here are some of the activities I like to do for each category:
Can't Hear/Can't Produce Rhymes
Do you know two rhyming words, two rhyming words, two rhyming words?
Oh, do you know two rhyming words? They sound a lot alike!
King and ring are two rhyming words, two rhyming words, two rhyming words.
King and ring are two rhyming words. They sound a lot alike!
Can Hear/Can't Produce Rhymes
Can Hear/Can Produce Some Rhymes
Can Hear/Can Produce Rhymes Consistently
I also like to use the following assessment at the beginning of the school year to assess and monitor my students. It can help you determine if your student can HEAR and/or PRODUCE rhymes.
Being able to generate rhyming words can be difficult for some children, but with explicit instruction and a rhyme-rich environment, students can quickly master rhyming.
NOTE: Not all words have many “real” rhyming words. I encourage my students to think of silly rhyming words. Not only does it make it fun but it alleviates the stress of generating a rhyming word AND thinking of a real word at the same time!
Hope This Helps!