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Do you have a rhyming dictionary on your homeschool bookshelf? For me, buying one didn't cross my mind until I happened to see a copy on Amazon.com.
I honestly don't remember ever using a rhyming dictionary as a child, but I do remember struggling over poetry assignments. If I had used a rhyming dictionary, I tend to think those struggles wouldn't have been so painfully memorable.
If you're not familiar with a rhyming dictionary, let me explain a bit how they're organized. The main entries are formed from word endings, from the last accented vowel to the end, which produces one-, two-, and three-syllable rhyming sounds. The main entries are listed in alphabetical order, and similar sounding entries are cross-referenced. For example, if you look up -ix, you will be referred to the -icks entry instead.
The rhyming words under each entry are grouped by number of syllables. For example, under -ald, the first words listed are one-syllable — such as bald; then two-syllables — such as as so-called; then three-syllables, such as overalled.
How to use the books
Rhyming dictionaries are obviously reference books, to be used when writing poetry or other written works that require rhyming. I'm a strong believer in having the right tools available for the job, so having the rhyming dictionary available when my child has poetry assignments is essential. (Incidentally, I found the rhyming dictionary especially handy when I wrote a poem about the artistic exploits of my diapered and duct-taped daughter.)
As you can see from the picture above, elementary-level rhyming dictionaries are also available. I think these are appropriate to purchase for children under 10 years of age. Our Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary also includes a primer on rhyming at the beginning of the book, so it further serves as a convenient way to review the basic elements of rhyming.
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