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Rhyming with Candy Hearts

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have a sweet rhyming activity for your kids! And it’s designed for all ages, because rhyming continues to be an important part of phonological awareness even as students move on to more advanced reading.

Let’s get started!

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Preparing Your “Rhyming with Candy Hearts” Game

Getting ready to play your “Rhyming with Candy Hearts” Game is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Select a level (we’ve included color and black-and-white cards for every level of All About Reading).
  2. Print, cut, and color (if necessary) the playing cards for your selected level.
  3. If desired, laminate your cards.

Playing the Rhyming Game

In this activity, your children match pairs of rhyming words. They’ll make the connection that if they can read wiggle they can also read giggle. We’ve included words from all four levels of All About Reading so everyone can play.

children playing rhyming activity

For younger kids, mix up the playing cards and place them on the table with the illustrations facing up so they only have to match the words. rhyming activity playing cards face-up

For older children, you can add an extra level of challenge by placing the cards face down and playing Concentration.

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Either way, children should read the words aloud as they match the rhyming pairs.

child holding rhyming activity cards

Continue playing until all the pairs have been matched.

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I hope you enjoy playing this sweet rhyming activity with your children! Let me know how you liked it!

Be sure to check out our other posts on rhyming!

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Photo credit: Elaine from Humble Dwelling

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Heidi

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A fun one for Valentine’s Day!

Kristina Johnson

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Fun! Thank you!

MICHELLE AYOUB

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This looks so fun!

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This is really useful! Thanks for sharing!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Joy!

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My son is going to love this!

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My son loves candy hearts and these will make him happy all year around!

Robin E.

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I agree with your son, Gretchen. Candy hearts are great! I hope he had lots and lots of fun with this activity.

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Thanks so much for offering these games!

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We love these extra fun games!

Megan Rauschert

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Cute! I just downloaded it. Thanks!

Robin E.

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I hope your students have a lot of fun with this activity, Megan!

Theresa

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Cute hearts plus rhyming! Win win for us!

Jessica Anderson

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What a great rhyming game. :) Definitely going to use it with my oldest.

Bethany

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Love this rhyming game! Thank you for all your wonderful resources.

Pam

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Thank you for this fun game -right on time for valentines!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Pam. Enjoy! 😊

Jessica

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This is so cute! My kiddos will love this!

Kate

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Thanks so much! I will definitely print this out for my kids!

Brianna

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I love this way to tie in Valentines Day with phonological awareness

Lucy Chetty

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Can’t wait to try out!

Kellie

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Love this “themed” rhyming activity.

Jennifer

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This is perfect with a Valentines twist, rhyme is so important for phonological awareness.

Sarah

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Oh I love these tiles. It’s great how your resources are clear and easy to use(and download..lol). You are brilliant!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Sarah. I hope you and your student(s) have a lot of fun with these.

Lidiya Salem

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Love it!
Thank you for all the wonderful activities and ideas!

Kara

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Thanks for another fun game! We are so grateful for AAR! My 6 year old son is reading with more confidence and loves the games in the lessons!

Julie Elkins

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Thank you for this Valentine’s Day rhyming game!

S Taylor

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I’ve done this with my kids – added the challenge of hiding the cards around the house. They loved it!

Robin E.

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Ooo, I like your idea for making it a scavenger hunt type activity! 😊

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Sounds good

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Thank you so much for creating a fun learning activity!

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I love that the words are suitable for older children.

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This is great!

Sarah

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I am super excited to use this resource with my kindergarten beginning reader! Thank you!!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Sarah. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. 😊

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How cute are these?! Great idea.

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Such a fun way of learning. I’ve so appreciated all about reading program. My boy has found it so fun:)

Tiffany

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So sweet! My children would love these activities!

Megan Preedin

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I can’t wait to do this! What a fun practice

Barb Cohen

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Rhyming is a key skill and I am always looking for new ideas. This is perfect for the month of February. Valentine Love!

Jennifer Beck

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This looks like Valentine’s fun for my kids! Thanks!

Liann

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This looks like a great game for next Friday!

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Thanks for the free activities! We love all about reading!

Colleen

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Great idea.

Maria O

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This looks like a great activity that isn’t babyish for older kids who still need more support.

Robin E.

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It is, Maria! The download includes some higher-level words too, for more difficult rhyming and reading. It also includes blank hearts to you can add your own words that you want your students to review.

Margaret

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I like this one!

Allison Gill

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I love these holiday theme activities!

Jena Roach

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I love this idea so glad to find it before the February rush

Corrie Holcombe

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This looks like such a fun matching game- especially for this time of year.

Gianna

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We love all your games… and I’m so excited to have a holiday-themed game that I don’t have to search all over the internet for!

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Great idea!

Stephanie Brown

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Love all about reading. My children actually enjoy it! Thank you!

amber petersen

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This looks so fun for Valentine’s. I love teaching with seasonal stuff

Brittany Callis

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Such a great and fun idea!

Song

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This is a great idea to get my kids engaged. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Farwick

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Thank you for providing free games that support our children’s learning and the All About Learning programs. I use these to spice up our week and areas that my kids need some practice. :)

Tamie

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As always such wonderful ideas. Love all the tricks and tips for helping to improve kids reading and spelling.

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What a blessing resource! My girls really need the color and shape connection with learning! Thanks.

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Great idea

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Cute!

Veronica

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Cute idea!

Chelsey

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My Pre reader is having trouble catching on to rhyming. This looks like an awesome game for extra practice!

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I love this curriculum and all of these blog ideas. My 6 year old loves them too.

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Love it!

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What a fun game!

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Thank you so much for all of your great educational ideas.

Marie

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This looks so fun for February!

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My kids will really like this!

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This is such a great idea!

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This is great practice for a wide range of ages!

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What a sweet idea! I will definitely try this with my girls!

Tamara H

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Cute! Thank you!

Carmen Garland

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Looks like a cute game

JoAnna

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This is a fun idea! Thanks for including sets for various levels.

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This is so cute! Thank you!

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Love this!

Jennifer

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My kids love matching games! This is such a great idea!!

James

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Love this idea! Thank you!

Donna Sloan

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I have just recently found your blog and I’m loving it! So informative and many good resources for us literacy teachers! I will be using the valentine activity soon with my class. Great practice. Thanks!

CARYN

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I love this idea! It will be perfect to use this month in my classroom! Thank you!

Jennifer

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I can’t wait to do this with my children.

Vivian MacDonald

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this looks really good for International students as well – it helps get the rhythm of the words

Keisha

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What a great idea! My 3 will love playing this! Thank you!!

Heather Mitchell

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This is a great activity for Valentines Day!

Christina Wyatt

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Super cute idea!!

Agata

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Definitely something I’ll be trying with my 8 year old, thank you.

Elisabeth

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Thank you!

Ruth

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Great idea for students in the upper grades, when doing poetry.

Ellen

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Great game for Valentine’s day!

Lisa Fish

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Fun idea!

Jen

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Virginia

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Love these!

Amber

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I really appreciate these resources. I have a child who really struggles with rhyming words. He really wants to be able to read, so this has been really helpful to get him where he wants to be.

Robin E.

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Amber,
I’m sorry your child is struggling with rhyming. I understand; I had one that had a lot of trouble with it. You may find our blog post on Rhyming helpful as well. It includes free games and activities to help you work on rhyming.

Rachel

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What a fun way to learn rhymes!

Rebekah G.

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This looks like a good activity.

Amanda Burnem

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What a fun idea!

Sherry Salter

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What a fun way to review rhyming!

Danielle

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Thank you so much for this! I have a question though. It says it’s a reading and spelling review. How would I go about doing the spelling portion?

Robin E.

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Danielle,
Great question!

That is where the blank hearts in the download come in. The children can make their own rhyming hearts. You can use their spelling cards to give them one word to write, then they come up with a rhyming word. You could also use the printed words for spelling practice, but make sure to choose words that they have covered in All About Spelling. The level 4 words here match with AAR 4, not necessarily AAS 4.

I hope this helps. However, if you would like an activity that is more directly for spelling review, check out our Popcorn Party! game.

Jennifer

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Thank you for this! My daughter will love it.

Jen

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What a cute idea! ❤️💗

Jennifer Whitcomb

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Looks like fun! My kiddos would love this activity!

Niki F

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What a great idea with Valentine’s day coming around the corner! Thank you!

Robin E.

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Niki,
You are welcome! We hope you have a lot of fun and learning with this activity.

Breana

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I just came across this activity at the right time. My girls will love it! Thank you for sharing.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Breana. We hope your girls will have a great time with it!

Christina

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Will be giving this a try!

Amber Schaney

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Cute!!! We’ll be trying this out next week!!

Shelley

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Cute!

Joelle

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This looks like fun! Just in time for Valentine’s Day activities :)

Julie

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My heart loving daughter will LOVE to play this game. thank you.

Robin E.

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Julie,
I hope she ❤️ this game! 😊

Jennifer Olszowy

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I love to use rhyming with my students, how fun!

Rhonda M

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Rhyming is so important! Thanks!

Susan

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Love it!

Tiffanie

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This is super cute. printed it today

Traci

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Looks fun! Thank you!!

JaimeB

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My youngest will love this (as will her older sisters!). She is in the Pre-reading program and rhyming with Ziggy is her favorite thing!

Robin E.

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Jaime,
I know Ziggy would love to play Rhyming with Candy Hearts with her!

Lucy Mills

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Thanks! We’re going to give this a whirl tonight!

Robin E.

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I hope you had a lot of fun with this activity, Lucy!

Rebecca M

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This is so smart!

Jennifer

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This is a cute idea! My 5yr old is obsessed with rhyming right now!

Robin E.

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Jennifer,
I hope your 5-year-old enjoys this activity as much as we have!

Lindee

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Thanks for a great activity!

Desiree

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I want to try this with my boys!

Janine

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Looks like a really fun game! My kids will love it

Tara Bailey

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looks like fun!

Danielle Ray

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I love this! My son struggles with rhyming but this looks like a fun way to help him understand.

Robin E.

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Danielle,
This can be a fun way to practice rhyming! However, we have another blog post that discusses the stages of rhyming and has other downloadable games and activities to practice rhyming. 5 Ways to Teach Rhyming

Most of my students have difficulty with rhyming words so this will be a great game for them to play. I am glad that you made a game for each level.

Carrie Miyake

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Looks like a fun way to get in a little learning and some family “game” time. Perfect game for this time of year. Looks cute.

Cindy

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Thank you so much for this! My young reader struggles with rhyming words so this is a huge help.

Robin E.

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Cindy,
We are glad to help. We have another blog post with other rhyming games as well. 5 Ways to Teach Rhyming

Katie Wyatt

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Wow! I love this idea. I have often tried to help my kids identify word families and understand this concept. I think this makes sense.

Robin E.

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Katie,
We have a blog post on Word Families that you might also enjoy.

Amanda

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I’m sure my daughters will enjoy this! Love that there are blank hearts too for my pre-reader!

Robin E.

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Amanda,
You could use the blank hearts to match capital and lowercase letters if your child is ready for that. Or you can just use the letters your pre-reader knows and have him or her say the letter name as matches are made.

I hope you have lots of fun with these!

I am going round and round on whether or not to invest in another program for spelling for my kids. This is my first year homeschooling and I’m just not quite sure what is my best option. What I have learned is that they are horrible spellers. I have printed off a few of your freebies and they are great. I think that I’m 99% there.

Robin E.

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Zoe,
Do you have any specific questions or concerns?

Here are some ways that All About Spelling can help kids that have struggled with spelling:

– Each lesson time is simple and explicit and will include 3 simple steps: the review of what was learned the day before, a simple new teaching, and a short practice of that new teaching.

– Incremental lessons. All About Spelling breaks every teaching down into its most basic steps and then teach the lessons in a logical order, carrying students from one concept or skill to the next. Each step builds on what the student has already mastered.

– AAS is multisensory. Research has shown that when a child is taught through all three pathways at the same time, a method known as simultaneous multisensory instruction, he will learn significantly more than when taught only through his strongest pathway.

– AAS uses specially color-coded letter tiles. Working with the letter tiles can make the difference between understanding or not understanding a concept.

– AAS is scripted so you can concentrate on your child. The script is very clear, without excess verbiage.

– AAS has built-in review in every lesson. Children that struggle generally need lots of review in order to retain concepts. With AAS, your child will have a Review Box so you can customize the review. This way, you can concentrate on just the things that your child needs help with, with no time wasted on reviewing things that your child already knows.

– All About Spelling has a gradual progression for increasing the student’s stamina and fluency in writing, from words and short phrases in Level 1, to phrases and short sentences in Level 2, to 12 dictation sentences per step in Level 3. Partway through Level 3, the Writing Station activity is introduced. In this exercise, students write sentences of their own that they make up using some of their spelling words. In this way students have begun to use words in a more real-world context through dictation and writing, to help them transition to longer writing assignments.

All About Spelling has a one-year guarantee. You can try it, and if for any reason you feel that it isn’t the right match for your child, return it for a full refund.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Lisa

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I have used AAR and AAS with my daughter for about 3 years now and she loves the activities that go along with the lessons. It makes the lessons so much more enjoyable for her.

I have students reading at different reading levels and although this isn’t unusual it can be hard sometimes to find fun activities that will support and give enjoyment to all of them. We’re looking at poetry this term and although not my favourite topic the rhyming candy will support and demonstrate how easy it is to rhyme some words and challenge them to make silly sentences using the words. Thanks for all your hard work and I hope to continue downloading some wonderful resources.

Robin E.

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Marjorie,
How wonderful that you can use this Rhyming with Candy Hearts activity to reinforce reading on your student’s different levels while also working with your poetry studies! We hope you have a lot of fun and learning with these!

Arfat Hadrami

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I am very grateful for receiving your innovative regular tips of ‘allaboutlearningpress’ and my kids,students and I have found it extremely useful by all means. Thank you very much indeed!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Arfat. We hope your kids enjoy this activity!

Nurjehan

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What a neat idea, I love and am sure kids will-love it and learn very well.

Cyndi stevens

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Cute!!

This will be so fun for Valentine’s.

Jen G

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Oh, these look like fun!

Lynn M

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This is lovely that you are offering these extras to use with your program. I suggest that you offer a black and white option also. I printed it in gray scale but I love to be able to save money on ink and then we color them ourselves.

Merry at AALP

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Thanks for the suggestion; I’ll pass this on to our team!

Susanna

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Rhyming has always been difficult for my son. Hoping he is going to enjoy using these along with his AAR.

Thanks!

Barbara

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After receiving the free penguin pack with my purchase of All About Reading Level 1 I decided to visit your site to see what other supplemental materials you have available. My kids are going to love this valentine packet, thank you!

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Barbara! Enjoy! :)

Janine

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Thank you for sharing this free printable.

I love the word choices in this rhyming freebie! So appropriate for older readers who need to expand their vocabulary knowledge as well as learn those spelling patterns. Sharing! :)

Shirley

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This would be fun to make it into a memory game!

Marissa

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Thank you for the free downloads. My kids love them.

alena

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Thanks for the free downlands. I use them for my children at school.

stefhny

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Thanks for the free downloads very useful to my daughter.

Amy

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This is great. Thank you so much for all the wonderful Free Dowloads you have. They are wonderful. My son and I love them. Thanks so much !! Have a wonderful day !! Amy and Andre :)

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