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My name is Katie and I am so thrilled to be posting for one of my all-time favorite blogs!
I mistakenly thought that rhyming books were meant for little kids. They aren’t.
There are two kinds of books for little kids: long books and short books. My daughter (almost four) prefers the long books, with tons of words on every page, I want reading to be fun for her, so I always let her choose what we read. A lot of the short books we used to read such as Goodnight Moon, Each Peach Pear Plum, Little Mommy, we aren’t reading anymore. These short books have a few words on each page, and lots of rhyming. But one day, we picked one out to read again.
This particular night, I was yawning a lot while reading Little Mommy. Every time I paused to yawn, my daughter filled in the words for me.
“This is my house…” (YAWN)
While I yawned, my daughter kept going, “And I am the Mommy. My children are Annabelle, Betsy and Bonnie.“
“It’s bath time now.” (YAWN)
My daughter finished, “My little dears. I scrub their necks and wash their ears.“
I was shocked. We hadn’t read this book in months, yet she knew all the words.
Once I realized this, I started only reading part of the words and let her fill in the rest. Either she was an absolute genius, or all kids learn with rhyming books. Although I am inclined to believe only the best of my kids, I asked my co-author and former Kindergarten Teacher for her thoughts. She writes the blog Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Children. Here is her take:
Why Nursery Rhymes and Rhyming Books?
Yes, the best way to develop language and reading skills is through the love of conversation and books. In this way, rhyming books promote reading skills. Here’s why.
All young children enjoy hearing your voice in rhythm and rhyming sounds and with exaggerated expression – both facial and auditory. Dr. Seuss was a creative genius at drawing children into his books of rhyme and silly characters. The Cat and the Hat is a favorite book of young children because they can echo your words easily and help fill in the rhyming words.
Ways to Reinforce Rhyming