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December 2020 by Terry Verduin


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; adults benefit, too.

The Foundation

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 largely is delegated to schools. Public and private education increasingly relies on computer-generated texts with age-based words for test purposes. These drills rarely are rhyming or fun.

Catching Up? Once a child falls behind in reading, it is hard to catch up. According to FFF, a newborn baby's brain cells, or neurons, are complete. The controlling connections between these cells are lacking.

Critical Years? Per FFF, during early childhood years at least one million new neural connections (synapses) are made every second. This rate is higher than at any other time in life. Delay is likely to affect education.

Essential Connections? The connections needed for motivation, self-regulation, problem solving and communication occur during day-to-day interactions with caregivers. High achievers have positive role models.

Ahead of the Class

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 adds flexibility to convention. These compositions differ from straight prose. Rhyming provokes a unique sense of order for problem solving. Children's adventures should not be 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.

Fresh Picks? Sound families are keys to language. Rhyming helps sound out larger words containing smaller ones. This makes it possible to expand vocabulary. Each additional word broadens headway with speech.

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

Rhyming Helps Learning

How Rhyming Helps Learning. Practicing new combinations of key sounds allows children to recognize familiar rhyming components. They start to accumulate a library of meaningful expressions for reading development.

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

Defining Moment? Language consists of symbols representing sounds. Learning to read one rhyming word may help remember others within that family, i.e.: at, cat, scat. Words with similar sounds may be easier to learn.

Up to Par? The size and depth of an individual's word base shows knowledge of a subject. Word choice also strengthens creativity. Rhyming helps refine the pronunciation used to convey spoken messages.

Mixed Feelings? Rhyming punctuates voice. 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.

Rhyming Helps Memory

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

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 people while recording devices are not at hand. Massaging suggestions into rhyme helps retain important concepts until they can be written down for action or understanding.

Rhyming Helps Reading

Art of Living? Rhyming reveals structure. 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.

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. This author deliberately and painstakingly blends rhyme into adventures to hold children's attention from story beginning to end.

Tech Distractions

Forever Young? Technology may be pushing the entertainment use of digital devices. This may in turn interfere with reading to improve knowledge, analytic skills and memory.

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

Into 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.

Cut Back? The AAP recommends limits on screen time. Children ages 2 and under should be allowed no screen time, ages 3 to 5 years should spend no longer than one hour per day in front of a screen.

Turned Loose? Increasingly, children ages 6 and over are using technology to the exclusion of sleep, reading, studying, socializing and exercising. It is difficult to get them to unplug and do meaningful tasks.

Back Story

Culture Club? Terry Verduin's style evolved from paid editing to voluntary mentorship. Celebrated author Graeme Lofts did final edits and influenced adoption of limerick rhyming style for the St. Patrick's Day book.

Award-Winning? Graeme Lofts has literary awards among his many accomplishments. His nonfictional concentration motivated a focus on niche-building to spark outside awareness and build enduring content.

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.

Learning Technology? Terry Verduin' and Graeme Lofts recognize the importance of Web Reading and Web Writing to careers. Both administer websites. Book reading is a precursor to success online.

Spirit of Travel? Rhyming is enjoyable and engaging. With rhythmic escapes, children can fly to the beach, the North Pole, the countryside and magical kingdoms of yore. They can be home in time for dinner.