In Rhyme Time sessions, students can access stories through rhyme, rhythm, repetition and song. The stories are adapted from real books and experienced as massage and sensory stories, using multisensory and preferred learning styles for each student to access the story.
Each phrase of the story is accompanied by a massage ’stroke’ which is delivered to each student as the phrase is repeated. On the third repeat the sensory element is introduced and then the next student has a turn. When all the students have experienced the sensory element, we go on to the next phrase.
Rhyme time helps develop Phase 1 phonics skills such as sound discrimination, and appreciation of rhythm and rhyme. Students also experience the structure of stories in an accessible way, and begin to anticipate elements of the story.