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:
Additional rhyme activities and materials
- DLTK's Educational Activities: Children's Songs, Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes Section contains lyrics, coloring pages, craft ideas, and activity sheets to go with the songs, rhymes and stories. (www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/index.htm)
- Annie's Rhyme Time - answer the riddle with a two-word rhyme (http://teacher.scholastic.com/annie/index.asp)
- Magnetic Poetry - (www.snaithprimary.eril.net/nursery.htm).
- Rhyming Picture Cards (www.kizclub.com/rhymes.html)
- Word Families and Rhyming Words (aslp.byu.edu/BCulatta/projectcall/rhymewordslist.html)
- Rhyme Zone (www.rhymezone.com) has a rhyming dictionary, quizzes, quotations, and more. Check the Mother Goose feature to find your favorite nursery rhymes (www.rhymezone.com/g/goose)
- Jump rope jingles (www.aacs.wnyric.org/donius/jump_rope/rhymes.html) and Jump rope jingles
- Rhyme a Week: Nursery Rhymes for Early Literacy - colorful pictures, activities, free materials (http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/wil/rimes_and_rhymes.htm)
Judith Kuster is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.