Rhyming Road






Rhythm and Rhyme CD







 and more!       

The Rhythm and Rhyme collection is in full color and fully reproducible. It includes over 350 print ready poems and songs for children that will be great for "poem of the day," and for poetry notebooks that help children build fluency in reading.  It features common school themes, holidays, dinosaurs, patriotic pride, seasons, word families, phonics (alphabet) and more. Suggestions are included for using poetry in the classroom along with literacy center signs and ideas. I'm always open for suggestions and requests for new poems and songs! Please don't hesitate to ask.





Duplicate the six bingo cards and instructions, mount on vellum and laminate. Reinforce rhyming as a phonemic awareness skill with this colorful game.

Rhyming Bingo (Small Group)

Rhyming Bingo Word Cards

Race for a Rhyme!
(Do They Rhyme?)


Game Cards

Rhyming Jeopardy

at, an, in, all

Emperor Penguin
Rhyming Activity

Rhyme Time Puzzles

Stand for a Rhyme

Rhythm and Rhyme Corner

Rhyme Time Cut and Paste
(Set of 57)

Resources List Rhyming Dominoes
Welcome to the Neighborhood

Neighborhood Cards

Delivery Vans:
A Rimes
E Rimes
I Rimes
O Rimes
U Rimes





Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle:
A Joyful Noise

(This is a PowerPoint presentation about phonemic awareness. Feel free to use it for staff development and parent education.)

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness may be defined as the understanding that speech is made up of separate sounds or phonemes. In order to demonstrate phonemic awareness, children may be required to perform certain tasks that manipulate language:

blending phonemes to create a word
counting the number of phonemes they hear in a word
segmenting phonemes of a spoken word
phoneme substitution
phoneme addition
phoneme deletion

Examples of each of these tasks may be found in most reading/phonics/phonemic awareness books for teachers. 

Research says . . .

Stanovich's (1986) research indicates that phonemic awareness is the most potent predictor of success in learning to read . . . and it is more highly related to reading than tests of general intelligence, reading readiness and comprehension. Marilyn Adams (1990) goes on to say that phonemic awareness if the most important core and causal factor separating normal and disabled readers. She further reports that the lack of phonemic awareness has been identified as the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure. Ehri (1984) states that phonemic awareness is central in learning to read and spell.

Dr. Hallie Yopp reported the following research findings
in a lecture at SDSU:

Performance on phonemic awareness tasks and reading and spelling achievement are highly related.

Some illiterate adults lack phonemic awareness.

The correlation between phonemic awareness and reading and spelling achievement remain significant even when intelligence and socio economic status are controlled.

Experimental studies reveal a causal relationship: phonemic awareness facilitates reading and spelling acquisition.

The importance of phonemic awareness in reading achievement cuts across instructional approaches.

How do We Develop Phonemic Awareness?

This section will definitely take some time! As a former kindergarten teacher (back in the dark ages!), I am a firm believer in developing phonemic awareness and playing with the sounds of language before focusing on print symbols. 

Read-Aloud Books for
Phonemic Awareness Task Development

Chapman, Cheryl. (1993). Pass the Fritters, Critters. New York: Scholastic, Inc.: rhyming.

Jordano, Kimberly and Callella-Jones, Trisha, Fall Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes. Cypress, CA: Creative Teaching Press.

Most, Bernard. (1996) Cock-A-Doodle-Moo! Harcourt Brace: phoneme addition and substitution.

Salisbury, Kent. (1998). There's a Dragon in my Wagon! New York: McClanahan Book Company, Inc.: phoneme substitution.
  . There's a Bug in my Mug!
  . A Bear Ate my Pear!
  . My Nose is a Hose!

Slepian, Jan and Seidler, A. (1967) The Hungry Thing. Scholastic: phoneme substitution.
Altoona Baboona: phoneme substitution
The Disappearing Alphabet: phoneme deletion

Please go to Alphabet Avenue (   and Word Way ( for more activities that deal with letter recognition, rhyming and working with word chunks.






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