Eps 1: Save Time writing rhymes by using these 10 tips

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Without further ado, here are 10 amazing rhymes with lyrics that kids absolutely love learning. Take advantage of these free Nursery Rhymes & Rhyming Songs on YouTube which you can use with your children.
My favorite songs are traditional nursery rhymes such as "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" and ABC songs, as traditional nursery rhymes such as "Twinkle" are known for their familiarity and lullaby-like qualities. When I begin a storytime, I pick around 8-10 songs and rhymes that I want to introduce to my core group over 10-12 weeks. After we read books, and we dance, sing, and get our energy going, I close out the storytime with some soft, soothing songs and rhymes.
I make sure that at least one of the songs involves some kind of movement, as I love giving kids the opportunity to let off some steam before we get into the first book. I teach my younger kids to spell numbers, and wanted to include a few rhymes that would help them memorize formation. Dana wrote an awesome blog post with tons more ideas of songs and rhymes to help kids move from task to task.
When it comes to teaching rhyming words in your classroom, it is important that you make the learning fun, engaging, and that you offer students different activities with which they can learn. Using songs and multilingual rhymes can introduce children to different cultures, and it can help to make those of different backgrounds feel welcomed into your space.
When you truly love reading and responding to poems, your students will feel your enthusiasm. By reading the poem for the second time, students will begin listening for important components, and will find things that were not seen before. Most important, practice this process with students on their first few readings, so that they understand that you cannot just read the poem one time, and or arrive at meaning the first time.
When rereading a poem, have students listen for patterns, as well as for overall flow of words. It is really important to take the time to read the poem yourself and understand it completely before trying to teach it to students. Often the first time they are read, they will lose all of the elements of poetry as students are too immersed in the story that the poem is trying to tell.
Not every rhymed word ends in the same letter, so it is important to teach students to listen to sounds within words to identify whether or not they do end the same way and are rhymed. Two words are said to rhyme when they end with the same sound, and this is a very common device in poetry. Because every letter of the rhyme scheme references an ending sound, it is easy to figure out which lines rhyme in this poem.
You will notice a few variations in the way the rhyme schemes are noted and named, but all of them relate to the same scheme. For instance, if a rhyme scheme of ABAB is AABB, it means the first two lines rhyme with one another, while the following two lines rhyme with one another. Lines 1 and 2 share a final rhyme, while lines 4 and 5 rhyme together, but differ from the first rhyme.
Songwriters usually create rhyming in the endings of lines, but it is possible to also create an internal rhyming in lines (e.g. Use internal rhymes particularly if you are skipping the end-of-line rhyme -- it is a big trend in country music nowadays. There are tons of songs out there that intentionally skip end rhymes at specific points, and it sounds awesome.
When you are familiar with the various rhyme schemes and have used them well, you have got a large toolbox of lyrics to pick and choose from. Tip #5: You can even work on different schemes in-between songs to build the breadth of your repertoire. Tip #1 - Do not memorize every scheme, but look for the ones that occur within your songs, as well as those that occur within songs that appeal to you.
Rhyming schemes can be inspirational for your own creativity, but if you are ever feeling stuck, do not beat yourself up for just fitting into one particular pattern. You will write better songs because your lyrics will be less predictable, more memorable, and uniquely you.
If you are stuck, however, just know you can cause a lot more chaos if you just skip the rhyming altogether. The chance to rhyme something might not come up every time, but when it does, it will make memorizing things much easier. Whether you are using rhymes to help you remember the name of someone at a networking event or linking the product name with the product line, it is sure to help you remember the information better.
When you use common rhymes within a established scheme, it makes the lines within your poems easier to recall, while it also allows you to provide predictable, expected enjoyment for your audience. While rhyming schemes are not what readers would typically choose, it is your own decisions about what lines should be rhymed, which gives your poem an artistic structure. If you go over your lyrics, whether it is talking or singing out loud, you will naturally have the sense that one line wants to rhyme with this one.
Once students get a solid grasp on the names of letters and sounds, it is time to introduce rhyming words. As students gain greater confidence in recognizing letters and sounds, begin working on the basic skills of phonemic awareness and fluency using rhyming words. Rhyming words are a critical element that helps students break words down sound by sound, as well as hearing patterns within words, thereby improving decoding skills and fluency.
Songs and rhymes also break up the language into smaller parts, called phonological awareness, allowing children to hear smaller sounds in words when learning how to speak.