Benefits of Rhyming

Remember how much fun rhyming used to be in grade school? Remember how your teacher went around the room and gave each student a word, and they would have to find another word in that word’s word family? It was fun. You were engaged. You were learning. Rhyming has many beneficial attributes besides being fun for our children, and if we’re honest, for ourselves too because we still find a little glimmer of joy from finding a rhyme every now and then in the paper or while watching television. If you didn’t know, rhyme teaches our children valuable lessons for their reading, speech, and language development. They become aware of sounds and the specific rhythm a word makes and it’s similarity to other words, and furthermore children are able to breakdown words into smaller ones, which expands their vocabulary! Today we are sharing 5 ways rhyming is beneficial and why it’s important to spend time reading and rhyming with you child every day!

 

What Rhyming Teaches Children:

  1. Memorization and Listening Skills: When a child attempts rhyme they are learning how to memorize when they listen and repeat words, which are measures of speech and communication. Memorization is detrimental to learning basic life problems such as remember math equations or in personal situations like remembering someone’s name. Learning to rhyme also exhibits learning skills. Children are more engaged when they are having fun, and rhyme promotes auditory learning skills and children are than able to understand words and how to connect them to sentences and stories.
  2. Basic Learning Skills: Rhyme endorses many basic skills into your child’s learning. From rhyming they can learn things like math and counting. By learning simple songs and clapping along with the months of the year, they are than able to associate with numbers and days.
  3. Motor Skills: Usually during rhyming lessons there is a lot of movement, whether that be clapping or counting with fingers and hands. These movements’ help with the development of motor skills, simple coordination, and hand-eye coordination with can be later used in easy tasks such as holding a pencil or with harder tasks they can use as they move onto young adulthood with sports and other activities.
  4. Socialization: Socialization is very important to learn at a young age because you build confidence when you feel comfortable talking in front of peers. When a child is taught how to rhyme in a classroom setting they are typically in groups where they must verbalize. Rhyme teaches basic social skills which can later be turned into friendships and self-assurance.
  5. Good Personality Traits: Children learn good personality traits from rhyming. While they rhyme they usually will read stories such as Dr. Seuss books or from other poets like Shel Silverstein. These stories contain valuable and sweet messages in them which in return are listened too and repeated.

 

 Reading and rhyming allows children to use self-expression, engage socially and mentally, and it assists them with many basic skills such as how to follow directions and how to be patient. Rhyme can be extremely beneficial to a child’s speech development because they learn how to speak with confidence and learn language through words and sounds. Try to fit rhyming into your day whether it is part of your bedtime routine or during your drive to school.