It’s Rhyming Time

Children’s books are often filled with rhyming words. Rhymes typically feature word families, which are groups of words that share a common letter combination and similar sound. For example, the -AN word family includes words like can, man, fan, ran, and pan. Learning word families and rhyming words can help your child to more easily recognize and sound out unfamiliar printed words in preparation for early reading. Finding rhyming words or identifying word families can be a fun activity wherever you may be.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—As you read with your child this week, watch for words that rhyme within the story. Point them out and encourage your child to repeat the rhyming pair.
  • Three-year-olds—Play a game by naming a word from the -AT, -AD, or -OG word family and ask your child to say a word that rhymes with it. If your child needs help, model how to change the first letter to make a new word. For example, to find a word that rhymes with bat, switch the b with a c to make cat (or use one of the following letters: f, h, m, p, r, s, or v).
  • Four/Five-year-olds—Play the rhyming word family game above. Consider writing the words down on paper so your child can practice reading the rhyming words.

Skills Supported: identifying rhyming words and word families, sounding out phonemes, and other pre-reading literacy skills