The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
December 2018 by V. R. Duin


As ocean-ward he fell, Little Ray could hear
The crowd on the beach begin to cheer.
Down and down Little Ray did drop.
He hit the water with a big KERPLOP!
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)

Rhyming helps learning, rhyming helps memory and rhyming helps reading. Now you know why V. R. Duin writes children's stories in rhyme.

How Rhyming Helps Learning: Rhyming helps young readers break larger words into smaller words. The ability to break larger words into smaller ones makes it possible to learn new words. With each new word, children improve their language skills. Language is built of sounds and symbols representing these sounds. Learning to read one rhyming word may help children learn other words within that sound family, i.e.: at, cat, scat. When words have the same final sound, they may be easier for children to learn. Rhyming helps children develop early reading skills.

Rhyming helps children learn word sounds. Sound families are the keys to language. Practicing new combinations with these keys sounds is how rhyming helps learning. When children realize that rhyming sounds are found in some words, they can build a library of these word sounds. It's difficult to be a good communicator or writer without a good vocabulary. The size and focus of an individual's word base shows knowledge of a subject. Choice of different words may help a child build creativity. Rhyming helps children learn the pronunciation of word sounds. These sounds are used to build a collection of words. It is hard to pronounce words without learning the sounds that form them.

Rhyming helps children learn the important changes in speaking tone. Rhyming helps develop inflection in children's voices. This change in tone of voice may reflect mood, emphasis and meaning. The voice goes up at the end of a question. “You're going with me?”. To make it a sentence, the tone goes down. To make it a command, the emphasis is stronger. Rhyming content is moving, fun, and challenging. Children seem to enjoy hearing and making changes of sound and tone. It once was common for adults to sing rhymes and songs to children, while making movements to accompany the words. Today, fewer children experience playtime with rhymes and songs. This fun tradition is becoming lost.

Literacy seems to be declining as well. The ability to read and write is important to the ability to analyze, identify, create, understand, and communicate ideas and subjects. It takes time for adults to teach the children in their lives how the vocabulary learned from books and other written materials works to build knowledge, creativity and opportunity. Rhyming helps learning, but the task of learning to read is now largely placed with schools. Public and private education is increasingly based on computer-generated texts constructed of age-based words for test purposes. Standardized reading drills rarely are rhyming or fun for children to read.

How Rhyming Helps Memory Rhyming helps children recognize patterns of sound and intonation. Each time children repeat a rhyming verse, they improve memory of it. The ability to retain and recall information, facts, feelings and ideas is important to learning. Once children learn the sounds and different combinations that make up words, they can begin to play with them, change them and add to their knowledge base. To commit something to memory requires discipline. The discipline of memorization is important to speech, communication, math formulas, tech concepts and interpersonal relationships.

Rhyming helps memory by revealing patterns. Mathematics, music, poetry and art are based on patterns. The length of rhyming stories also makes them more inviting than the same number of pages in prose. Learning starts with a firm grasp of the basics, most of which must be memorized. Rhyming helps memory by enabling children to establish a solid foundation of patterns and metrics. The structure of learning is based on the words, principles, rules, subtleties and formulas with which it is formed. Children must learn to distinguish the differences of meaning between “their”, “they're”, and “there”.

Rhyming helps children learn language concepts. Children learn the use of nouns, verbs and pronouns. Language is acquired by learning the basic parts and rules of speech. Once this language knowledge base is established, children are able to add new structures, facts, subjects, ideas and information. Rhyming helps memory for adults, too. Success can depend upon remembering someone's name. The people with whom we are acquainted can be as important to our futures as the information we know. Achieving an accomplishment, goal, wealth, popularity or fame is expected to take effort and may require teamwork.

Rhyming offers patterns and formats for musical tunes. It's easier to put rhymes into song. Rhyming also helps memory and memorization by making it easy to remember and repeat these sounds. New ideas often come to people by surprise, while we are not thinking about them. These ideas, suggestions or notions for direction offer plans and visions for action and understanding. V. R. Duin's creative ideas often come to her while she is away from pen, paper or digital device. Once these ideas are massaged into rhyme, she can retain the important concepts in her head until they can be written down for later use.

How Rhyming Helps Reading. Rhyming is fun. Children are more engaged when they are having fun. With V. R.  Duin's rhyming children's books, children can fly to the beach, the North Pole, the countryside and magical kingdoms of yore. They can be home in time for dinner. Rhyme develops hearing and site skills. These skills help children understand and learn to speak and read. Children begin reading by recognizing words. Gradually, they learn to read sentences. Then, they can move on to reading entire stories. With reading practice, children can develop the ability to put their knowledge and understanding of new concepts to use at school, at work and in their communities.

Rhyming helps reading by making it exciting and fun for children. Early literacy skills of listening, speaking and reading require practice, which won't happen with boring drills. In addition, rhyming books offer visual and language layers that present something exciting and new for a child to see, hear, discuss and learn with each reading. These skills can form the basis for communicating and exchanging information and ideas with others. These basic hearing and sight skills can be applied to learning the patterns required to master additional spoken and/or written languages. Learning additional languages may improve opportunities in a world that is increasingly interconnected. Machine translations are not as reliable or accurate for communications as the results achieved through human mastery of additional languages.

Rhyming helps reading by making it playful, singsong and in keeping with a child's early learning process. Many of us learn the alphabet in singsong form. V. R. Duin's adventures deliberately and painstakingly blend tradition and contemporary fun to hold children's attention while they are gaining an appreciation for reading. Unless reading is fun, children may do everything possible to avoid reading. Technology seems far more stimulating to children than words. It also facilitates cheating. Information can be cut and pasted, rather than learned.

Rhyming helps reading by varying the structure of language. Rhyming patterns are different than straight prose. Children may enjoy the suspense of rhyming and the sense of problem solving it provokes. V. R. Duin's rhyming adventures are not predictable. Without an appreciation for reading, children are likely to struggle with words and fail to develop into reading adults. People who do not read are unlikely to remain flexible to changes at home, at school at work and in the community. Their education stops, while the world moves on without them. Technology may be pushing children and adults to play on digital devices rather than use them as learning tools. With awareness and proper use, information technology can improve reading, learning and memory.

How Rhyming Helps Memory

  • Rhyming helps reading Reading Rates says:

    Research showed rhyming helps reading, because a greater number of nursery rhymes known by a child predicts better phonological knowledge (Maclean, Bryant, and Bradley, 1987).

  • Rhyming helps memory Reading Rates says:

    Rhyming helps memory, because the fun meter of rhyming encourages a child to repeat and capture the words.

    • Rhyming helps learningReading Rates says:

      Rhyming helps learning, because good, average, and poor reading skills can be measured by rhyming awareness and speech rate (McDougall, Hulme, Ellis and Monk, 1994).