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Talk to your child about what rhymes with what. For example "bed" rhymes with "head".
Have fun thinking of other words that rhyme with "bed" and "head", for example "said" and "fed". Play with words when you are talking to your child. Watch out, it can get very silly! For example "What do you mean, you have not seen that I am queen"! or "I am a bear. I do not care. Watch me stare".
Rhyming can sometimes help reading. For instance, your child might notice that when the word endings look the same, like in "cat" and "bat" and "mat", the words often rhyme. Have a look at this youtube video of rhyming words with them. The most important thing is to have fun with rhymes and the sound of words for the moment.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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