Rhyming Stories I

One of my favourite author / illustrator combinations - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Their picture books are great for bringing the children an awareness of rhyme.  The repeated sections in each story give the children something to remember as they listen, eventually joining in.

Our favourite at the moment - "Superworm"

Superworm is super-long,
Superworm is super-strong,
watch him wiggle!  See him squirm!
Hip hip hooray for Superworm!

We have been reading:

  1. Superworm - a superhero and a baddy lizard and his sidekick the crow...
  2. The Snail and the Whale - the snail gets a ride on the tail of the whale...
  3. Room on the Broom - the witch, the cat, the hat, the bow, the frog...
  4. Monkey Puzzle - can we find the monkey's real mummy?
  5. The Gruffalo - classic, say no more...
  6. Tabby McTat - friends lost and found again...
Links to the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Communication and Language (listening)
• Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.
• Enjoys rhymes and demonstrates listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalisations.
• Listens with interest to the noises adults make when they read stories.
• Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
• Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Literacy (reading)
• Interested in books and rhymes and may have favourites.
• Has some favourite stories, rhymes, songs, poems or jingles.
• Repeats words or phrases from familiar stories.
• Fills in the missing word or phrase in a known rhyme, story or game
• Enjoys rhyming and rhythmic activities.
• Shows awareness of rhyme and alliteration.
• Recognises rhythm in spoken words.
• Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

I have taken the statements above from Development Matters, and just picked out those that refer to rhyming stories.

Look out for more rhyming story ideas next time.


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