To have a more fluent reader and speller, here are four age-by-age activities to sharpen your kid’s eyes and ears:
Birth to 3
Read nursery rhymes over and over. Once your child can talk, give each other a high-five on the rhyming word. “Jack and Jill/Went up the hill” (high-five on hill).
3 to 5
Put some items in a bowl and tell your child to remove one when she hears a word that sounds the same (“Pull out the object that rhymes with block!”).
4 to 6
Find a name with lots of rhyming possibilities, such as Silly Pat, and come up with some rhymes about it (bonus points for the most outrageous picks): “Silly Pat is a rat. Silly Pat wears a hat. Silly Pat eats a gnat.” Or make up most of a sentence and let your kiddo fill in the blanks.
5 to 8
Play this twist on Go Fish with a deck of rhyming cards (try Triple Play Rhyming Words, Eaieducation.com, $6). Deal five cards to each player. Kids must match cards that sound alike (jig and wig) or fish from the pile. The kid who runs out of cards first is the winner.
Source: J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., author of Raising Confident Readers
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