This activity provides an opportunity for your child(ren) to develop or test theories they have about why words rhyme.
It provides an opportunity to look at various spelling patterns that are connected to one blend sound. (e.g. The long I can be represented by ie, igh and y ).
DEVELOP A TEST OR A THEORY: Have your child(ren) reflect on what they know about rhyme from their own experiences.
- Do they think they could make a rule that could help people find out if words rhyme?
- How could they test this rule?
If your child(ren) come up with their own interesting test let them try it. Sometimes mistakes and re-takes are valuable learning and problem-solving experiences.
Resources you can use to aid in testing ideas include
Why do these words rhyme?
Each card has a set of pictures that rhyme. The initial sound is given in most cases.
Your child*ren) have to use the ‘rime’ clues to work out how to spell each word and discuss what they rhyme.
Rime letter patterns are part of the end syllable in a word, usually made up a vowel and consonants.
You and your child(ren) can use some of the word attack and problem solving strategies.
THINK AND ACT
Look at the ‘sound family’ cards and follow the prompts connected on these cards
Give your child(ren) the ‘rhyme’ bookmarks with illustrated word families on them, invite your child(ren) to predict what the words might be and what the rhyming connection might be.
Have your child(ren) listen carefully to the sounds connected to the ‘rhyme’ and use the the ‘sound family’ to try and complete the words.
Introduce and explore the range of some simple spelling strategies to help your child(ren) find ways to check and correct the spelling of words in the rhyming families..