Rhyme Time

It’s Rhyme Time! We work on rhyming skills every day as part of our curriculum, because it is part of the Iowa Common Core under phonemic awareness:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A
Recognize and produce rhyming words.

So blah, blah, blah exciting…. but it is one of the best times of the day, because kids love to play and we are playing with words. First of all, I LOVE poetry! It was one of my favorite units when I taught middle school and high English in another lifetime. But you say poetry in a high school classroom and you get groans and gagging noise. Why– I never did understand that. Poetry and rhyme is play and/or it you need more complex strategies it can become musical lyrics. So somewhere did the fun gets lost? I would like to blame the dead white men of the English Elizabethan Era with their pretentious verse whose vocabulary is far removed from today that it make it work to understand what is going on in the poem. But that is for another day.

So again, where does the fun get lost? I was lesson planning this morning with the television on in the background, and and old Bewitched came one where Samatha was “ill” with a witch only ailment where every time she spoke she rhymed in short couplets that the other characters found annoying. Rhymes are for entertainment. My oldest follows a facebook page called Puns, which is just for this kinds of silliness.

In TK rhyming is fun and we get to play. We celebrate with the silent crowd cheer when we find a rhyming pair and give a big thumbs down with a “Wha- wah,” when there is no rhyme. And to get the ideas of creating rhymes, we sang the “Name Game” and “Willoughby Wallaby Woo”. Here is the link to Raffi if you are confused:

Apparently this is a hoot! Because the kids erupt into giggles when their name is mispronounced, and this all much better when and elephant is sitting on you. If fact, some times we shriek with laughter and get carried away.

“Willoughby Wallaby Wee,

An elephant sat on me,

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

An elephant sat on you!”

I have twins in my classroom this year, and if you call them the wrong names they give me that look and are a bit offended, but if I am singing it in a song that is the funniest thing ever!

And I must also say a thank you to Dr. Seuss for making kids feel like a creative geniuses when we are creating rhymes because kids come up with a lot of nonsense words. In this way, we can practice the skills, acknowledge that the word isn’t real, but we are making up new ones because we are just that smart!

Early Childhood also gets a grand assortment of books that rhyme and sometimes the kids get that and sometimes they don’t, but they are always excited when they can find the rhyme or make up their own. Language and word play is fun … so where does it get lost? IDK

See you later, alligator….

One thought on “Rhyme Time

  1. I agree…somewhere it’s not fun. I’m always intimidated to try and write poetry, but there are some awesome poets out there writing on SOL. Shel Silverstein was my favorite time passing poetry book for 4th graders. 🙂 I think I’ll take it with me to sub today and share a few to begin the day. Thanks for the poetic idea. 🙂

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