One of my favorite phonemic awareness skills is the ability to rhyme . Before kids will be able to generate a rhyme, they need to recognize rhyming words by hearing rhyming words around them. Have fun with rhyming during your daily routines. For example, as you are looking for a bowl in the cabinet, you could say, “I’m looking for a bowl. A lowl. A zowl. A kowl. No, no, It’s a bowl.” Your child will probably laugh and enjoy hearing you create new words. Ask them, “What should I look for?” As soon as they name something, start the game again. “I’m looking for a book. A sook. A look. A nook. No, no, I’m looking for a book.” Channel your inner Dr. Seuss. Every kid I’ve ever done this with has absolutely loved it (this is the game I play to keep my own 2
year-old entertained in the car).
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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