Reading/Language Activity

Rhythm and Rhyme


Help your child hear the rhyme in songs and poems. Sing songs that you remember from your childhood, emphasizing the rhyming words. For example, you can sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
  • How I wonder what you are.
  • Up above the world so high,
  • Like a diamond in the sky.
  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
  • How I wonder what you are.

After you have sung the song together several times, make it a game. Leave out the second rhyming word in each pair and have your child sing or say the word.


Clap out rhythm with your child in songs and other music. Using “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” clap on each syllable—“Twin/kle, twin/kle, lit/tle star,” and so on. After singing this way many times, clap out the rhythm and omit the second rhyming word in each pair, as you did before. Your child will have fun singing or saying the rhyming word.

Singing songs and reciting poems will help your child pay attention to the sounds of the words, of the rhyming words, and of the rhythm of the English language. Your child can teach you songs from school, too!

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