Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 12:00 am

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Play Pat-a-Cake with your baby and learn how rhymes encourage early literacy skills.

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man is a traditional English nursery rhyme:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!

Help your child be ready to read by practicing early literacy skills. Rhymes help children hear the different phonetic parts of words.

You help by:

  • Saying nursery rhymes
  • Reading books that rhyme
  • Saying nonsense rhymes

Activities for Babies: Play Pat-a-Cake with your baby. Put his name in instead of the word "Baby" at the end. Also, ask a librarian to help you find a book of rhymes.

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