Enhance your child’s reading skills
Every time you can enhance your child’s reading skills, it’s a step toward raising a better reader. And good readers have a greater chance to succeed in school. One positive and effective tool to use is a book in rhyme.
As a children’s librarian, I spent many hours reading books in rhyme to young children in Story Hour. I had several reasons for doing so:
- They’re fun! And if kids have fun listening to a book, they’ll want to hear it over and over.
- They keep kids engaged, especially if they have a repetitive refrain or word (like Ah-Choo!
- They teach a valuable pre-reading skill, phonemic awareness. It helps kids break words down into smaller parts.
- You can turn most of them into songs! Have you ever sung a book? Try putting the rhyming verses of Ah-Choo! to music.
- Did I mention that they’re fun?
According to one educator, “Books that rhyme are not only fun for parents to read aloud, they are enjoyable to listen to, they offer wonderful exposure to unique language and they provide an opportunity for children to begin reading on their own. Repetition and rhyme give way to rhythm, recognition and memorization-all of which can have a huge impact on children learning to read.”
You can use Ah-Choo! in different ways to help your child practice rhyming even more.
- Find all the words in the book that rhyme with Ah-Choo.
- Search for other words that rhyme, such as “hen” and “then” or “Jack” and “back.”
- Have your child choose a name for an animal, then think of a rhyming name. For example, maybe your child names the cat “Sammy.” Other names that rhyme with Sammy are Hammy, Jammy, Lammy, etc. There are more than 26 animals in Ah-Choo, so there are almost endless opportunities for practicing rhyme with your child.
Of course, the very best way to use Ah-Choo! to enhance reading skills is to cuddle with your children and read it out loud to them. Chances are, they’ll want to hear it again, and again, and again…