Early Literacy

R is for Rhyming


  • Rhyming is fun and teaches language.
  • Babies and toddlers love to rhyme.

When your toddler is beginning to learn language, it’s best to start basic. Repeating single letter sounds helps your child figure out how to make those sounds. For example, the clock goes ‘t-t-t-t.’ Saying words and pointing to either their picture or the actual object helps with memory. When your toddler starts to point and recognize an object and says that word, you should respond more specifically about that object. This could look like, “You’re right! That is a cat. A big, fat cat.” Rhyming is an easy way to teach signs and helps them learn both language and patterns. Rhyming sounds are a delight for toddlers.

To find more information, check out: American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015). Why It Is Never Too Early to Start Reading With Your Baby. Books Build Connections Toolkit. Retrieved from Why It Is Never Too Early to Read With Your Baby

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015). Sharing Books with Your 1-Year-Old. Books Build Connections Toolkit. Retrieved from Sharing Books with Your 1 Year Old

Reach Out & Read. (2014). Milestones of Early Literacy Development. Reach Out & Read. Retrieved from Milestones of Early Literacy Development

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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