Going on a Quest

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

An important skill in phonemic/phonological tasks is the ability to hear rhyme and alliteration. Kindergarten teachers often note that many of the children starting school are not familiar with these pre-literacy skills, and some of these children will become part of the caseload of the speech-language pathologist (SLP). "Suggestions on Reading Nursery Rhymes With Children" (www-personal.umich.edu/~pfa/dreamhouse/nursery/reading.html) provides several good ideas on how freely available materials below can be used for working on rhyme and alliteration:

Nursery rhymes

Additional rhyme activities and materials

Tongue Twister

Judith Kuster is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster's Internet columns are on ASHA's Web site in HTML format with active links (www.asha.org/about/publications/leader-online/archives/news.htm), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Rhyme Time, ASHA Leader, November 28, 2006, p. 45.