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The Day My Daughter Forgot How To Rhyme

Updated: Mar 1

My daughter forgot how to rhyme! To most people this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when this is your jam it is a big deal. It is a big deal when you know that rhyming is a key building block to reading. It is a big deal when your daughter is starting first grade- THE year for reading.


I totally let it slip. Life has been busy. We moved three times this year and are renovating a house; navigating the emotional side of moving to a new town; and all that entails. But that’s life.


My daughter started first grade this year. We were driving home from school one of the first days and I asked her if she wanted to play our rhyming game. I heard an enthusiastic "Yes!" from the back of the car. I asked, “What rhymes with school?” Her response, “I don’t know.” My heart sunk.


It made me realize that these are skills that need continuous practice. We used to play this

game weekly, but honestly it had been about 6 months since our last rhyming game. I really didn’t think much of it because she was so skilled at it before. I thought I could check that box.


Luckily she was just rusty. Within a few rounds, after I modeled some rhymes, she picked right back up. We like to get silly…”What rhymes with tree?” “dree” “What rhymes with house?” “flouse” PHEW…


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Kristie Shelley, mom & founder

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