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Why is Rhyme Important?

by Sheryl Cash

August 18, 2010

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Why is Rhyme important?

Learning to read is one of the toughest and most important asks a young child faces.  There are many things that parents can do to help ensure that their child is successful when learning to read.

One key reason why rhyme is important is that it is fun!  Playing with rhyme is learning, but because it is just that - playing - children are willing to spend a lot of time rhyming and learning more about rhyme.  This makes rhyme a great teaching tool and a great motivator for learning.

Rhyme is important to beginning literacy and learning to read because it teaches children about the language.  Rhyming helps children learn about word families such as cat, hat, sat and pat.  Rhyming also teaches children the sound of the language.  Other important skills include phonological awareness, the ability to notice and work with the sounds in language.