FREE Kindergarten Rhyming Activities
Have you been looking for fun and easy ways to incorporate phonemic awareness in your school day? Phonemic awareness is such an important pre-reading skill, and rhyme recognition and rhyme production are cornerstones! Children with strong phonemic awareness skills are ready to become readers! I try to sprinkle rhyming into as many parts of our day as I can, because its so important for my students to hear rhyming words - especially my English Language Learners. We greet each other with a rhyme in the morning, we practice rhyming during our Heggerty lessons, during small group lessons and we even tell each other good-bye with a rhyme at the end of the day!
First, it's a rhyming morning greeting - these are fun to incorporate during calendar time too! I display these on my SmartBoard and once I have taught each greeting I'll say the first part and have the students chime in with the rhyme.
Whenever we have an extra minute throughout the day, I also throw in a Rhyming Chant or Fingerplay - these are amazing for fire drills, when the cafeteria line is backed up, or when waiting in line for the bathroom for example! I've compiled 18 fun & quick rhyming chants. I print them out and hang them on a ring, so I always have them at my fingertips, because otherwise I waste precious minutes trying to think of one to do! Bonus Tip: fingerplays are GREAT for building up those hand muscles!
When we line up we rhyme too! Instead of TELLING my students to line up, I sing it to them! Singing ALWAYS gets their attention. Once they know the song I can leave off the rhyming words and have my students sing that part! Bonus Tip: if they're singing a rhyming line-up song then they aren't talking or touching their neighbor!