Reason for Rhyme

education and rhyming

10 Jan Reason for Rhyme


Do you like
green eggs and ham
I do not like them,
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

-Dr. Seuss


Why is rhyming important for kids? It isn’t just a clever device used by authors, rhyming actually teaches children many fundamental elements that will help them become better readers and overall learners. There are staggering statistics in our present times that show the drop in children’s literacy skills which can hinder their future learning endeavors. At Jollybooks we are dedicated to education and to creating joy and laughter as a child learns. What better way than through rhyming!

Tony Stead, senior national literacy consultant for Mondo Publishing in New York, described research showing that in 1945, the average elementary school student had a vocabulary of 10,000 words. Today, children have a vocabulary of only 2,500 words.

In order for a child to understand what they are reading, they have to understanding what they are hearing first. Rhyming enables phonetic awareness by allowing us to memorize basic structures and patterns in the English language.

Not only does the repetition of rhymes and stories teach children how language works, it also builds memory capabilities that can be applied to all sorts of activities.

Children need to have an oral support as they are learning, this creates the ability for them to paint pictures in their mind. In today’s world many children are placed in front of a screen whether that be a TV, a computer, an iPad or a phone, and while these can all be turned into learning devices they are often used for entertainment which takes time away from reading or learning through oral language. Rhyming and telling stories enhances a child’s imagination and memorization skills. The reason for rhyme goes beyond language and reading skills, the concepts that a child learns from rhyming also contributes to their creative abilities and math concepts.

And of course, rhymes are fun to say. The joy of a discovered language cannot be taken lightly. Jollybooks uses rhyming in all stories and throughout the app developments because we want kids to have a good time as they are learning.

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