Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Montessori Activity: Teaching Rhyme Recognition with Rhyming Stories (4B)

Lesson Plan from the book "Phonemic Awareness in Young Children" by Marilyn Jager Adams et al

Age: From 3 years old

1. To teach your child to use meaning and meter to notice and predict rhyming words.
2. To stimulate the development of phonemic awareness in your child.

1. Rhyming books such as nursery rhymes. This book "Phonemic Awareness in Young Children" has a fantastic appendix, Appendix F, that provides list of suggested books and stories.

I use the Rhyme Bible, which is really terrific and Joshua loves it:

1. Read the story aloud, exaggerate the meter and rhyme to encourage active listening and anticipation by your child.

2. In the course of the reading, take an opportunity to anchor your child's understanding of the words rhyme and rhyming. Rhyme is a poem composed of lines with similar ending sounds. Remind your child to listen for words that rhyme.

1. When reading a book that is already familiar with your child, stop after rhyming words and ask them what words tehy heard that ryhme.

2. Alternatively, stope before reading the second word of a rhyming pair, and ask your child to guess the word before you continue.

Additional Information:
I have already been reading the Rhyme bible to Joshua, but not in such a purposeful way as suggested by this book. I would be trying out this method with Joshua to create his awarenes of rhyming words.

I highly recommend this book "Phonemic Awareness in Young Children" by Marilyn Jager Adams et al and The Rhyme Bible from Amazon:

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