Day 4 - Rhyme Time : A 7-Day Step Phonics Plan for Parents at Home

Day 4 - Rhyme Time : A 7-Day Step Phonics Plan for Parents at Home

Day 4: Rhyme Time

Welcome back to our phonics adventure! Today, we're adding a touch of magic to our learning with rhyming words. Rhymes not only make phonics fun but also help children recognize patterns in words, an essential skill for reading. Let's dive into the world of rhymes and word families!

Exploring Word Families:

Start by introducing your child to word families. Word families are groups of words that share the same ending sound, such as "cat," "hat," and "bat." Explain how these words rhyme because they end with the same sound. You can use flashcards or a whiteboard to show these word families visually.

Silly Rhyming Stories:

One of the best ways to make learning rhymes fun is through silly rhyming stories. Create a story together, using as many rhyming words as possible. For example, "The fat cat sat on a hat with a rat." Encourage your child to come up with their own rhyming lines and let their imagination run wild. This activity not only reinforces rhyming but also boosts creativity and language skills.

Rhyming Games:

Turn learning into a game with rhyming activities. Here are a few ideas:

  • Rhyme Hunt: Go on a rhyme hunt around the house. Find objects and think of words that rhyme with them. For example, find a clock and come up with "sock," "rock," and "block."
  • Rhyme Match: Create a set of cards with words that rhyme and words that don't. Ask your child to match the rhyming pairs.
  • Rhyming Bingo: Make a bingo card with rhyming words. Call out words, and your child can mark the matching rhymes on their card.


Day 4 has been a delightful journey into the world of rhymes. By exploring word families, creating silly rhyming stories, and playing rhyming games, your child is building crucial phonics skills in a fun and engaging way. Stay tuned for Day 5, where we'll continue our phonics adventure with more exciting activities. Let's rhyme, giggle, and learn together!

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