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December 2018 by V. R. Duin


As ocean-ward he fell, Little Ray could hear
the crowd on the beach begin to cheer.
Down and down Little Ray did drop.
He hit the water with a big KERPLOP!
(The Amazing Flight of Little Ray)

Because rhyming helps reading, rhyming helps memory and rhyming helps learning, it is important to read children stories in rhyme.

Never-Ending? Literacy is declining. Fewer kids care to analyze, identify, create, understand or discuss written text. They do not associate an accumulation of knowledge with creativity, entertainment or opportunity.

One of Many? Learning how to read is largely delegated to schools. Public and private education is increasingly based on computer-generated texts with age-based words for test purposes. These drills rarely are rhyming or fun.

Raising Standards? Early literacy skills of listening, speaking and reading require practice. Rhyming books have visual and language layers with something exciting to see, hear, discuss and learn with each reading.

Taking the Lead? Rhyming teaches language structure. These compositions differ from straight prose. Rhyming provokes a unique sense of order for problem solving. V. R. Duin's rhyming adventures are not predictable.

Better Living? Basic communication skills can be applied to learning patterns for additional spoken or written languages. Knowing other languages can improve opportunities in the increasingly interconnected world.

Says it All? Unless reading is fun, children may do everything possible to avoid it. Technology is far more stimulating than words. It also facilitates cheating. Information can be cut and pasted, rather than learned.

Forever Young? Technology may be pushing the entertainment use of digital devices rather than their use as learning tools. With awareness and proper use, Web Reading can improve knowledge, analytic skills and memory.

Rhyming Helps Learning

How Rhyming Helps Learning. Practicing new combinations of key sounds helps children recognize the rhyming sounds found in some words. They start to accumulate a library of these word sounds for reading development.

Fresh Picks? Sound families are keys to language. Rhyming helps sound out larger words containing smaller ones. This makes it possible to learn new words. With each additional word, children make headway with language.

Defining Moment? Language is built of symbols representing sounds. Learning to read one rhyming word may help learn other words within that family, i.e.: at, cat, scat. Words with the same sounds may be easier to learn.

Up to Par? The size and focus of an individual's word base shows knowledge of a subject. Word choice helps strengthen creativity. Rhyming helps learn pronunciation of word sounds for spoken communications.

Mixed Feelings? Rhyming punctuates sounds. Speaking tone changes mood, emphasis and meaning. Voice goes up at the end of questions: “You're going with me?” In sentences, it goes down. Emphasis is stronger in commands.

Out of the Shadows? Kids enjoy hearing and making sound and tone changes. Adults historically sang rhymes and songs to children. Movements accompanied the words. Fewer children experience these playful traditions.

Rhyming Helps Memory

How Rhyming Helps Memory. Each time children repeat a rhyming verse, they improve memory of the patterns of sound and intonation. The ability to retain and recall information, facts, feelings or ideas helps learning.

Another round? To commit something to memory takes discipline. The rollicking meter of rhyme encourages repetition and retention. Learning starts with a firm grasp of the basics, most of which must be memorized.

Art of living? Rhyming reveals patterns. Math formulas, music, tech concepts, poetry and art are based on patterns. The brevity of rhyming stories is more inviting and memorable than an equivalent number of pages in prose.

Shrug it off? Language is based on words, principles, rules, subtleties and formulas. Children learn about nouns, verbs and pronouns. Language skills accumulate as basic parts and rules of speech build a knowledge base.

To the point? Rhyming helps expand knowledge. Children can add new structures, facts, subjects and ideas to information. They learn differences of meaning between like sounds: “their”, “they're” and “there”.

Rare jewels? Memory helps adults. Success can depend upon remembering names. Achieving an accomplishment, goal, wealth, popularity or fame may depend upon personal connections rather than information or knowledge.

Making an Entrance? Rhyming offers patterns and formats for musical tunes. It's easier to put rhymes into song. It also is easier to remember ideas in rhyme. Tunes spring forth by surprise, before thinking about them.

Free floating? Creative ideas often come to V. R. Duin's while she is away from devices. Massaging suggestions into rhyme helps retain important concepts until they can be written down for action or understanding.

Rhyming Helps Reading

How Rhyming Helps Reading. Researchers established a correlation between the number of nursery rhymes known by children and their phonological knowledge levels. (Maclean, Bryant and Bradley, 1987)

Slam dunk? Research concludes good, average and poor reading skills can be measured by rhyming awareness and speech rate. Baselines can be established and deficits targeted. (McDougall, Hulme, Ellis and Monk, 1994)

Exchange? Rhyme develops hearing and sight skills. Children read by recognizing words. They move on to devour entire stories. All the while, they develop abilities to put knowledge and understanding of new concepts to use.

Vintage Vibes? Playful, singsong rhyme is in keeping with early alphabet learning. V. R. Duin's adventures deliberately and painstakingly blend rhyme into fun to hold children's attention from story beginning to end.

Tough Luck? Without an appreciation for reading, children may struggle with words. They may not develop into reading adults. People who do not read may be inflexible to changes. The world may leave them behind.

Spirit of Travel? Rhyming is enjoyable and engaging. With V. R.  Duin's rhyming books, children can fly to the beach, the North Pole, the countryside and magical kingdoms of yore. They can be home in time for dinner.