Why is rhyming important?
1. Rhyming teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words.
2. Rhymes help children experience the rhythm of language. As they recite nursery rhymes they learn to speak with animated voices. This can promote to children to read with expression.
3. When children are familiar with a nursery rhyme or rhyming book, they learn to anticipate the rhyming word. This prepares them to make predictions when they read, another important reading skill.
This weeks nursery rhyme focus is Jack and Jill.
Today we focused on the oral repetition of the rhyme and then the sequencing of what happened in the rhyme. The children separated their book into 4 boxes and then had a go at sequencing the rhyme into the 4 parts.
- Jack and Jill went up the hill
- To fetch a pail of water
- Jack fell down and broke his crown
- Jill came tumbling after
The children focused on re-telling the story with pictures and detail first and then once this was checked they added in the words of the rhyme as the next step.