Did you know?
￼Rhymes made up of words that begin with the same letter and have the same repeating initial sound—“tongue-twisters” like “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”—are not only fun for children to say but are also great for language development.
When two or more words have the same beginning letter with the same sound, this is called alliteration. The ability to hear and speak the beginning sounds of words helps develop language skills that children need when they’re beginning to learn to read. When children are singing “drip, drop, drip, drip, drop” in the “Rain Song,” they are experiencing alliteration.
Try this at home:
Put on the recording and sing along to “Rain Song.” Then instead of the “d” sound, try using the first letter of your child’s name. For example, Susie’s song might be, “slip, slop, slip, slip, slop.” Patrick’s song might be “plip, plop, plip, plip, plop.” Use the initial letters of the names of family members, your child’s teacher, or the family pet.
Ask your child to come up with her own initial letter/sound to use. Accept anything the child says, and if she makes a “mistake,” repeat it joyfully anyway!
Parent Education: “Rain Song” – Alliteration
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