Here are some fun ways to teach rhyming in Pre-K.
We recite traditional nursery rhymes while doing movements that correspond with them. The movements we use come from Jack Hartmann’s CDs Rhymin’ to the Beat volumes 1 and 2. We learn to recite the rhyme with the movements before doing the song. Reciting nursery rhymes is the best way to begin teaching rhyming to preschoolers. We start the school year with nursery rhymes and continue them all year long. You can get free printable nursery posters here at PreKinders.com.
Objects are placed in a basket (one object for each child present), and the basket is passed around the circle. As each child gets the basket, I say a word (such as “fizzers”) and they pull out the object that rhymes (“scissors”). You can use any objects because it doesn’t matter if the rhyming words are real words or nonsense words.
Erase a Rhyme
Draw a picture on a dry erase board, such as grass, sky, tree, flower, and sun. Say a word, such as tower, and have a child come up to erase what rhymes (flower); erase what rhymes with bee (tree); erase what rhymes with fun (sun). Continue until the whole picture is erased. Draw on a dry erase lap board before the children arrive, so that they don’t have to wait while you draw. Usually, after I’ve drawn a few, some of the children will volunteer to draw one for the next day.
Rhyme Time Pocket Chart
This is just another way to use and display rhyming cards. We use this pocket chart for matching games at circle time, and the children use it during center time. I purchased the set of rhyming cards in the school supply section of a store (I no longer remember where). You could also print the cards from the Rhyming Match Game to use for the pocket chart.
You can make your own bingo cards using the printable rhyming cards, or you can buy a set already made. I have one made by Trend.
Hook words that rhyme together on a metal ring. Include a picture with the word. Children flip through the picture cards and say them into a PVC phone. Example: bag, tag, rag, wag. You can make these using clipart, or save time and purchase Rhyming Rings at Teachers Pay Teachers.
My students enjoy these rhyming books by Jan Thomas! These are a great introduction to rhyming words.
Many More Rhyming Resources
There are many more resources for teaching rhyming here at PreKinders. Be sure to check out these ideas and printables:
- Nursery Rhyme Printable Posters & Cards
- Printable Rhyming Cards
- Printable Rhyming Match Games
- Rhyming Dice Game
Rhyming Materials from Amazon:
Don’t miss the Phonological Awareness page!