Rhyming is a foundational skill for reading. Research tells us that children who have a good understanding of rhyme do better in literacy than children who have poor skills in this area. Including a regular routine of songs and rhymes into a child’s day supports early speech and language development. It is a foundational reading skill.

Sadly, children are not taught nursery rhymes. Dr. Seuss books have stood the test of time for their wealth of rhyming words.

Rhythms can help children’s listening skills – they are the foundations of the careful listening needed for

developing clear speech; children pick up the patterns of speech and benefit from hearing the repetition

of sounds.

Here Is the Beehive

(Hold up a fist.)
Here is the beehive. Where are the bees?
They’re hidden inside, where nobody sees.
Watch! Watch! as they come out of the hive.
One, two, three, four, five! (Count with your fingers.) Bzzzzzzzzzz! (Make flying motions with your hand.)

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I retired from Elementary Education and now teach an online Masters Degree course in Literacy for pre-credential teacher candidates. I also supervise teacher candidates for two universities. I am a teacher, a mentor, and a writer. I collect resources from various sites and articles to assist my teacher candidates. I am happy to share them with teachers, students, homeschool parents. I will add to them routinely.

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