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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Rhyme, Rhyme, Rhyme!

Dear Parents,

Phonological awareness (rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration) is one of the best predictors of reading success.  You grandmother didn’t know it, but those nursery rhymes she used to say to you were actually getting you ready to read! 

1.    Take advantage of little bits of time by saying nursery rhymes as you dress your child, buckle up her car seat, or take a walk.
2.    Act out nursery rhymes with your child.  Hold hands and be “Jack and Jill,” play follow the leader like “Mary and Her Little Lamb,” or jump over the moon and play your fiddle as in “Hey, Diddle, Diddle.”
3.    Sing nursery rhymes to the tune of “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” or “Yankee Doodle.”  (You’ll be amazed that most rhymes can be sung to those two tunes!)
4.    Clap your hands or play patty cake to the rhythm of nursery rhymes.
5.    Visit these websites to learn nursery rhymes and download some fun activities:
6.    Children love silly words and rhymes, so make up your own rhyming games.  For 
     example, think of all the words that rhyme with your child’s name.
7.    Encourage your child to pick out words that rhyme as you read books or sing songs.

Happy rhyming!

You can purchase this set of books, songs, and activities that Vanessa 
Levin ( and I created at  You'll find great 
nursery rhyme printables that you can send home to your families.