Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We can ‘Read and Rhyme!’

Through  research, it had been found that phonemic and phonological awareness is just as important as phonics in helping children to find reading success. Helping children understand rhyming is one key skill of phonemic awareness. Read and Rhyme challenge students to pronounce target words as well as new words. This exercise is a great way to build an ever increasing vocabulary through sound association. It is a well-known fact that when there were no televisions or computers, the reading was a primary leisure activity. People would spend hours reading books and travel to lands far away-in their minds. Reading offers a productive approach in improving vocabulary and word power. 
Keeping this in mind, the students of grade 3A had ‘Read and Rhyme’ program on the 8th of August 2014.Their reading material includes stories and poems with rhyming words. All of us enjoyed the session as the students read with confidence. The parents were also involved in assessing their child using rubrics that was given to them. The children were asked questions like: 
Who is the author?
What are the rhyming words in the poem?
What is the poem about?
What are the main characters in the story?
It was a worthy session where, we reached our aim of building, pronunciation skills and vocabulary through stories and poems.
The event came to an end with the children presenting their learning journey on the unit of inquiry “Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities” to the parents by taking them on a tour of our classroom.


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