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Overview and benefit

A child needs to develop phonological awareness in order to learn to read and write. Before they can learn about phonics (the individual units of sound and their symbolic representation) and learn to blend phonemes together to form words, there are some early phonetic skills they need to have. These include alliteration, rhyme and onset and rime.

  • Alliteration – this means that children can hearing the same sound at the start of words, e.g. they begin to recognise that ball, bat, bed and bath start with the same sound
  • Rhyme – this means that children can hear when the end sounds in two word are the same, e.g. king and ring.
  • Onset and rime – this means children are able to hear that a word can be split into its initial sound (onset) and the chunk of sound (comprising a vowel and one or more letter sounds) that come after it e.g. ‘b’ and ‘at’ for bat, or ‘ch’ and ‘air’ for chair.

This activity aims to help children begin to identify rhymes.

Equipment required

  •  just your voice

Training video

Rhyming Nursery Rhymes-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Phonics Rhyming – Rhyming Nursery Rhymes-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Duration

  • 2 to three weeks

How it works

The class leader will recite a rhyme emphasising the rhyming words. The same rhyme will be altered slightly to see if the children can still spot the rhymes.

What to do in the class

Teach a simple nursery rhyme to the class. Identify what the rhyming words are and get the children to say the words and hear the rhyme. Say it again and really emphasis the rhyming word. Get the children to do something on the rhyme, eg to clap or stamp to emphasis it to those who find it hard to hear. The following week, repeat the rhyme again and ask the children to identify the rhymes. Now do one of the alternative rhymes and see if children can identify the rhymes.

Hickery dickory dockThe mouse ran up the clockThe clock struck oneThe mouse run down

Hickery dickory dock

Hickory dickory dockThe mouse ran up the sockThe clock struck oneThe mouse run down

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dockThe mouse ran up the rockThe clock struck oneThe mouse run down

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dockThe mouse ran up the blockThe clock struck oneThe mouse run down

Hickory dickory dock

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wallHumpty Dumpty had a great fallAll the king’s horses & all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again Humpty Dumpty sat on the rockHumpty Dumpty had a great shockAll the king’s horses & all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again Humpty Dumpty was big and fatHumpty Dumpty wore a large hatAll the king’s horses & all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again Humpty Dumpty sat on the floorHumpty Dumpty gave a great roarAll the king’s horses & all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again
Row row row your boatGently down the streamMerrily, merrily, merrily, merrilyLife is but a dream Row row row your boatgently down the streamIf you see a crocodileDon’t forget to scream

 

Row row row your boatSlowly down the riverIf you see a polar bearDon’t forget to quiver Row row row your boatRowing all aboutIf you see a friendly faceDon’t forget to shout

 

Adaptions for older/younger children

The activity is only suitable for verbal children

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaption is necessary

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