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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)

Rhyming words help reading. Moreover, rhyming helps memory and rhyming helps learning. Now you know why V. R. Duin writes children's stories in rhyme.

How Rhyming Helps Learning: Good, average, and poor reading skills can be measured by rhyming awareness and speech rate (McDougall, Hulme, Ellis and Monk, 1994). Baselines can be established and deficits targeted.

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 skills.

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

Practicing new combinations of key sounds helps learning. When children recognize the rhyming sounds found in some words, they start to accumulate a library of these word sounds for reading development.

The size and focus of an individual's word base shows knowledge of a subject. Choice of words helps strengthen creativity. Rhyming helps learn the pronunciation of word sounds for spoken communications.

Rhyming helps children learn speaking tones. 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.

Children enjoy hearing and making sound and tone changes. Adults historically sang rhymes and songs to children. Movements accompanied the words. Fewer children experience playtime traditions of rhymes and songs.

Literacy is declining. Fewer children care to analyze, identify, create, understand or discuss written text. They do not associate an accumulation of knowledge with creativity entertainment or career opportunity.

The task of learning 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.

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 and ideas helps learning.

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

Rhyming reveals patterns. Mathematic formulas, music, tech concepts, poetry and art are based on patterns. The brevity of rhyming stories is more inviting and memorable than the same number of pages in prose.

Language is based on words, principles, rules, subtleties and formulas. Children learn about nouns, verbs and pronouns. Language is acquired with basic parts and rules of speech that build a knowledge base.

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

Memory helps adults. Success can depend upon remembering names. Achieving an accomplishment, goal, wealth, popularity or fame may depend upon connections to other people as well as on information and knowledge.

Rhyming offers patterns and formats for musical tunes. It's easier to put rhymes into song. Rhyming also makes it easier to remember ideas that come to people by surprise, while they are not thinking about them.

V. R. Duin's creative ideas often come to her while she is away from devices. Massaging ideas, suggestions into rhyme can help retain important concepts until they can be written down for action or understanding.

How Rhyming Words Help Reading. Research showed rhyming helps reading, because a greater number of nursery rhymes known by a child predicts better phonological knowledge (Maclean, Bryant, and Bradley, 1987).

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 and be home in time for dinner.

Rhyme develops hearing and sight skills. Children read by recognizing words in sentences. They move on to reading entire stories. Children develop the ability to put their knowledge and understanding of new concepts to use.

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.

Language is communication. Basic skills can be applied to learning patterns for additional spoken or written languages. Learning additional languages may improve opportunities in a world that is increasingly interconnected.

Rhyming is playful and singsong. It is in keeping the early learning process of the alphabet. V. R. Duin's adventures deliberately and painstakingly blend rhyme into fun to hold children's attention.

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

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

Without an appreciation for reading, children may struggle with words. They may not develop into reading adults. People who do not read are unlikely to remain flexible to changes. The world leaves them behind.

Technology may be pushing children and adults to play on digital devices rather than use them as learning tools. With awareness and proper use, Web Reading can improve knowledge, analytic skills and memory.