Rhyming. I touched on this topic earlier when I wrote a blog about Nursery Rhymes and the importance of learning rhymes. It never cease to amaze me how many new Kindergartners coming into my classroom cannot rhyme. Children are already behind their peers, sometimes way behind, when they cannot rhyme. When a child has the ability to hear and identify words that rhyme they are practicing an important listening skill. Children are able to understand that many spoken words sound the same when they have the skill of rhyming. Rhymes help children to understand the sequence of sounds in some words. 5 year olds should be able to hear rhymes when spoken by others; they should be able to make their own sets of rhymes and should be able to make nonsense words that rhyme. If your child can’t rhyme, start practicing rhyming each and every day NOW if you want your child to be a good reader.