This week’s lessons will focus on rhyming words. Recognizing, identifying and creating rhymes are activities that build phonological awareness. When you expose your child to rhyming words you are helping your child hear the different sounds of language and make a connection between letters and sounds. Children like to play with words! This word play is essential to developing phonological awareness because it involves listening to how words sound and understanding how words can change. Rhyming activities can often be silly (and fun). When beginning to learn about rhyming words children often come up with “nonsense words” (rat, fat, sat, blat, wat…). This is fine and should be encouraged!