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Will silly rhymes help my child learn to read?

Research has shown that silly rhymes not only play a vital role in a child’s early development, but they also help them learn to read.

Experts believe that rhyming aids in learning to read because it teaches a child to hear sound patterns that are necessary to understand when reading.

Rhymes also help an emerging reader who is learning phonics. Phonics teaches a child to sound out a word. Well, as we all know, there are letters that have several sounds. This is probably the toughest part of reading for a child. How do rhymes help this? Consider the “o”. When a child sees the word “book”, they usually have no problem with sounding out the “b”. However, the “o” can sound like it does in the word “box”, or the word “bought”. Simply relying on the rules of phonics can be confusing. When a child learns rhymes, he hears sound patterns such as “I took a book”, and this helps him make sense of the words that contain those confusing letters.

So, what does all this mean? It means have fun with rhymes and encourage your child to practice rhyming words.

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Sometime around the age of four, your child will begin to take an interest in his name. This is because he is starting to learn letters and can recognise those letters that belong in his name.
Get your child’s attention immediately by whispering to him - this let’s your child think that something fantastic is about to happen!
Most four year old children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
At four years of age, most children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
You will find that your child is a very willing little helper at this age. Let him help you with anything that you feel he is capable of doing - all these things will help to teach him responsibility.
A typical 4 year old child is usually able to count up to ten or more
At 4 years of age, a child’s learning method is very visual.
By three years old, your child is more aware of colours, and with a little help, he or she should be able to tell them apart, and name them, soon.
A typical 3 year old can hold up the correct number of fingers when they are asked how old they are.
Even though it’s too early for your three year old to learn how to read, you can help kick start the process with a few easy tips.

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