One of the best ways to help children understand phonics is to work on their ability to recognize rhyming sounds. Here is an easy Montessori rhyming lesson and other resources you can use to enhance your child’s phonemic awareness!
We have been using the Royal Road to Reading program to help our children take a Montessori approach to learning reading. I can’t tell you how much I love this program. It gave me the confidence to know I can teach my children to read and the materials to present all the lesson to my children.
Even without the materials for the Royal Road to Reading, you can still set up wonderful lessons for your children to practice their rhyming. The inability to rhyme is a sign your child need more help in their phonemic awareness.
Avalyn (2) cannot yet understand rhyming words, although she is very interested in rhyming finger plays. This rhyming with objects lesson can be set up with any objects you have in your home that rhyme! It’s really that easy.
Rhyming with Objects
- 5-8 pairs of rhyming objects (flag-bag, cat-hat, pig-wig, etc.)
- 2 containers
- rug, mat, or other designated work space
Separate the rhyming objects into two containers. One will be the mater set.
Review the name of each object. Name the objects as you place the master set in a vertical column on the left side of your rug. Place the matching set at random within your work space.
As you choose an object from the random matching set, say it’s name, then place it next to the first object of the master set. You can then say, “Tag-truck – that does not rhyme.” Move down the master set until you come to the rhyming object. Repeat this process until all pairs are matched.
The last part is an important one. Ask the child to “Tell the whole story” by saying each of the pairs of rhyming objects.
You can ask the child to repeat, put all of the objects away in their designated containers, and then add this work to you shelves so they can review on their own.
Rhymes to Help Phonemic Awareness
This is a video compilation with tons of great rhyming songs to help your little one increase their phonemic awareness. I hope you will use this video for song ideas and sing along with your child.
Hand Rhymes is a fabulous book we have used to learn more finger rhymes while Avalyn has a high interest in this type of learning.
Here is a Two Little Blackbirds Free Printable for you with our favorite finger rhyme!
I would love to hear your favorite rhyming song. Share with me more on Child Led Life’s Facebook Page!
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Thanks for this! We have just gotten started reading rhyming books, I need to start creating rhyming activities to help the concept sink in.
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Great! We are at the very beginning with reading for Avalyn and she will work on rhyming a bit longer before we take the next step.
Wow! What a fun way to learn to rhyme. It never even occurred to me to use hands on objects when teaching the concept. Such a great idea!
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Thank you! Our kids LOVE hands on. Once they get this concept we will move to picture cards, but moving little objects makes learning fun.
Neat. I love when learning is hands on. We have always really enjoyed playing with words and still enjoy rhyming to this day–even though my son is now older.
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Thank you! I’m to glad to hear is type of work still works as kids get older. My kids LOVE them now, but I’m a little nervous about the older years.
WONDERFUL!!!!! Love it 🙂
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So intrigued to learn more about the Royal Road to Reading – love this activity and the substitution for the work mat!
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Thank you! I recommend Royal Road to Reading. It’s a great way to help untrained Montessori parents and teachers a little more about helping a child read.
I love this idea! You make an important lesson very simple.
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Thank you! The kids work with this often and it great to see the concepts solidify for them through this work.
When you set activities out like this is clicks in my head so thank you for the ‘demonstration’. We love rhyming songs so I’m going to check out that video with my littles.
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Great! I can’t sing to save my life, but my kids don’t mind. And they adore anything that has to do with rhyming. At one point my son only talked in rhyming sentences. 🙂
Great post! We haven’t tried using objects with rhyming yet… so this is one thing we needed to do next. Thank you!
Good luck! My kids love it. All the little objects are so much fun to work with.
I’m loving this rhyming work with objects on the mat! I’m also very interested in the Royal Road to Reading program. It sounds wonderful! 🙂
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I highly recommend the program. So many great resources and training for any parent or teacher. It’s made a HUGE difference in our home.
The ability to hear rhyming sounds is so important for reading! This is a wonderful hands-on activity that even younger children, like your daughter, can enjoy. 🙂
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