Long vowel sounds are the most difficult part of the English language to master.
Rhyming exercises explore the many different ways the same long vowel sound can be spelled.
For example, in reading, writing and spelling, there are about 15 different letter combinations that make the long /igh/ sound in high.
Rhyming word activities are an effective way of studying these difficult and confusing long vowel sounds.
Rhyming words that end with a vowel sound are open rhymes. The focus is always on the last syllable (e.g., blue – flew).
Those rhymes that end with a vowel sound then a consonant are closed rhymes. Again, the focus is on the last syllable (e.g., sweet – wheat).
Rhyming word activities develop thinking and problem-solving skills. They focus on the last vowel sound or vowel consonant sound in the word, and the different letter combinations that make the same long vowel sound.