Do you wonder how to help your child develop a love of reading? Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald have a new book that simplifies the process … and gives lots of easy and fun ideas for activities.
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Raising a Rock-Star Reader
Amy Mascott (of Teach Mama) and Allison McDonald (of No Time for Flash Cards) are highly respected bloggers and educators who’ve put their extensive knowledge of reading instruction into a simple-to-use book for parents. I love the format with 75 tips that parents can use at home. The book also includes activities using free printables. You’ll find a wide variety of language activities for babies through early elementary.
Montessori-Inspired Rhyming Activity
My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves sounds, music, and reading. What better way to combine elements of all three than with a fun rhyming activity?
I was inspired by the book’s Tip #31 (Make a rhyming treasure box) to put together a rhyming activity for Zoey. The rhyming treasure box in the book uses a basket of object with matching words. There are also extension rhyming activities.
Because of Zoey’s age, I just wanted to introduce her to the concept of rhyming in a relaxed, hands-on way.
I decided to start with a fun Dr. Seuss book, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I chose that book because it’s one of the less fanciful Dr. Seuss books for a 2 year old and emphasizes sounds as well as the usual Dr. Seuss rhythm and rhyme. But really, almost any Dr. Seuss book (or any children’s book with lots of rhyming words) would work well. Zoey asked me to read the book 3 times. Along with reading the book, I talked a bit about the book’s rhyming words.
Then I introduced the rhyming activity tray to Zoey. I used rhyming objects from the Montessori Services language objects (mop, top, fan, pan, bug, rug, rat, hat, clock, block). I placed the objects from the left-hand basket in a vertical row on the rug. Then I matched the objects from the right-hand basket to their rhyming object.
After I demonstrated matching the objects, I let Zoey have a turn. (Note: For a toddler, you could simply say, “Mop rhymes with top. Can you find the top?” Older children can match the objects on their own.) When we got to the rug, Zoey put the bug on the rug.
That gave me the idea of putting each rhyming object on its matching object.
Zoey especially loved it when I put the hat on the rat. She thought that was hilarious!
Then Zoey spent some time putting the hat on the rat. We had a lot of fun with the activity … a very easy activity to prepare and a relaxed way to introduce rhyming.
You, too, can easily prepare simple, fun pre-reading or reading activities by following the book’s tips. I highly recommend Raising a Rock-Star Reader. With it, you’ll be sure to find some simple and fun ways to help your child become a rock-star reader.
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