Kindergarten Language Arts Activities

    Did you know that playing around with sounds can help your child be a better reader?  When children know how to rhyme, identify beginning and ending sounds in words, and put sounds together and take apart sounds in words, they will be better  readers and spellers.  Below are some games to play with your child to strengthen his/her  rhyming skills. 
    *Teach your child that words that sound alike at the end are rhyming words.  Give your child examples, such as cat, hat, and bat.  Tell your child to clap when you say two words that rhyme and shake his/her head "no" when he/she hears two words that do not rhyme.  Here are some suggested word pairs:
        go, so
        bag, run
        talk, walk
        hat, sun
        feet, hand
        sit, fit

    *Tell your child you are going to play a game.  Say three words and then ask him/her to figure out which word does not rhyme with the other two.  Try these word sets:
        met, let, go
        came, run, name
        bat, bell, sell
        come, some, call

    *Teach your child "Humpty Dumpty," "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," and Jack Be Nimble."  Ask him/her to figure out what the missing words in these nursery rhymes.
        Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
        Humpty Dumpty had a great ______. (fall)

        Hickory, Dickory, Dock
        The mouse ran up the _______. (clock)

        Jack be nimble, Jack be quick.
        Jack jump over the candle ______. (stick)