Today I’m sharing a fun new app that will give kids a lot of opportunity to practice rhyming.
(This post is sponsored by Nimble Minds and contains affiliate links.)
Did you know that rhyming is one of those “must-have” skills for beginning readers?
Why is rhyming important?
1. It helps kids notice and work with the sounds within words.
2. Rhymes help kids experience the rhythm of language.
3. When kids understand rhyming, they understand that words that share common sounds often share common letters.
4. Rhyming is fun. It adds joy to the task of learning to read.
How can parents help their kids learn to rhyme?
2. Recite nursery rhymes and sing popular rhyming songs. My printable letter books are great for this!
3. Play rhyming games, like the six I share in this post.
4. Play educational apps, like Bud’s Rhyming Words.
This week my kids have enjoyed a sneak peak at Nimble Minds’ new app, Bud’s Rhyming Words, which is available beginning today in the App Store. You’ll find this to be a useful app whether your child is not quite reading, knows his letter sounds, or is reading at a beginner level.
In the first game, Word Families, kids choose one of 40 word families to practice. Then they match the pictures to the words within that family. This was easy for my Seven, great reading practice for my Five, and even something my Four could do using the first letters of each word.
Pick and Click was a little more challenging because it took some thought to determine what word was portrayed in each picture. After creating my Read ‘n Stick Mats, I know that it’s difficult to find or create pictures that kids can identify without difficulty. But if kids pick the wrong rhyming picture, no problem. The word appears on the screen, and they can try again.
I’d encourage you to try this game with your child who isn’t ready to sound out words. Repeat the given word aloud, and name the pictures with your child to help him find the rhyme.
Once they got the hang of holding down the arrow to catch the rhyming word, Catch the Match quickly became the favorite of my Five and Seven. I love how it comes in three levels of difficulty so that beginning readers can be successful too.
Here’s what I love about Bud’s Rhyming Words:
a. It provides lots of practice with reading word families, which I believe is the most effective way to learn phonics.
b. Since the games provide practice for both short and long vowels, they have appeal for both brand-new and early readers.
c. The app teaches 40 word families and 225 unique words. This will help improve phonics skills while also building vocabulary.
c. The graphics are both colorful and appealing.
d. Bud’s Rhyming Words includes a profile and scoring feature which may be especially useful for teachers and speech therapists.
Get a quick look at the app here: