“The Measured Mom” blog shares five ways that rhyming stories and songs benefit children.
- Rhyming teaches children how language works. It helps them notice and work with the sounds within words.
- Rhymes help children experience the rhythm of language.
- 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 rhyming skill.
- It can help children understand that words that share common sounds often share common sounds with common letters.
- When listening to rhyming songs and poems, children create a mental picture, expanding the imagination.
- Because rhyming is fun, it adds joy to the sometimes daunting task of learning to read.]
Here are some books that combine rhymes with fun stories and encourage children to predict the outcomes of the story:
Baby Danced the Polka-Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
This is such a perfect read aloud for the very young. In this story of a baby who refuses to nap, Karen Beaumont skillfully uses rhyme to encourage children to guess the animals hiding under the flaps.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Gurarino, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
This book will conjure up memories of Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman, author of Are You My Mother?. as a young llama asked questions all the animals nearby. Children have the opportunity to use their rhyming skills to answer the questions. This book will be quickly memorized.
Mrs. Brown went to Town by Wong Herbert Yee
Mrs. Brown lives in the barn out back
With a cow, two pig, three ducks and a yak.
These animals are nothing but trouble for Mrs. Brown, but it’s clear, she loves them anyway. Children will be too busy laughing at the silly antics of the animals to take this story seriously.
Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jane Dyer
Rover is sad and lonely until a thunderstorm arrives. Suddenly all the animals are seeking shelter from the storm in his doghouse. Children will enjoy chanting, “Move Over Rover.”