The benefits of rhyming in early education are endless. Not only does rhyming help young learners gain an interest in language, but it also helps prepare them to excel in reading and writing. It's the memorization factor that makes rhymes so impactful. In fact, students who have heard and started to memorize nursery rhymes like the Itsy Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus are better equipped to learn to read, according to Scholastic.com. This is because rhyming helps young students learn to audibly recognize certain sounds and word patterns, which in turn helps them recognize those same patterns when they begin to read.
To give your little ones even more practice with rhyming, use these free downloadable worksheets! They serve as excellent practice for students learning to read and write and can be used in class or at home. They are best-suited for beginners in ESL or preschool and kindergarten students.
10 Rhyming Worksheets
It's never too early to start thinking about back to school time, and this rhyming worksheet is perfect for those first few days back in the classroom. The School Things worksheet is a fill-in-the-blank activity that focuses on school terms like desk, ruler, and friends. There is an answer key that you can use to provide a word bank for beginner students if necessary. Once students are finished filling out the sheet, you can sing the rhyme together as a class.
Rhyming will always be one of the best ways to teach young learners and ESL students new words and phrases! With these 10 worksheets, we hope you feel equipped for the year ahead. For even more activities you can use this year, check out these reading and writing worksheets for all grade levels.
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