Spittin’ Rhymes: Pre-Reading Skills


Reading readiness includes the ability to rhyme! In this class, we will have a blast chanting, singing, playing games, reading, and developing our own rhymes.


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It’s Rhyme Time!

“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
-The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

Have you ever stopped to think why Dr. Seuss books have been popular for decades? There are many reasons, but one is the way they rhyme. Rhyming is an essential pre-reading skill. Even when there wasn’t a word that rhymed, he made one up! We think these are silly words, but they are actually quite effective in building reading readiness skills in very young learners.



There are no pre-requisites for this class. This is a beginner level course focused on the pre-reading skill of rhyming. Your student does not have to be a pre-reader to take this course. If you notice your child struggles with reading strategies such as using words that make sense or noticing words that have similar letter patterns, then this class is for you too!

General Learning Goals:

This class is focused on rhyming through songs, chants, and stories.

Class format:

-Welcomes and get-to-know you’s
-Reading and repeating lines from literature (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin)
-Rhyme games


Each week, we practice learning how to rhyme with new material. Therefore, students can jump in and out as their schedule allows. The classes do not build on one another; instead, they are cyclical as this is a skills-based course.

The Lemons-Aid Way:


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss

Get to know the course author: Ali Marie


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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

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