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There are 26 poems in this collection – one for every letter of the alphabet. Included with RHYME IT, READ IT, COLOR IT, KEEP IT is a list of ways a teacher can use these poems and books with their students. This collection will not only help to teach children how to read and to identify rhyming words, it provides students a way to practice their growing reading skills as well. By reading and practicing these books, they will be learning about the basic features of print, to follow the words from left to right, top to bottom, and page to page. Reading these simple poems reinforces their knowledge that words are separated by spaces, that words have meaning, and that they can read a text with purpose and understanding. Then, after the children have learned the poem by reading it together from a group activity using a pocket chart, they are ready to read it in a small group reading lesson using their very own copy of the poem in book form, complete with illustrations. After coloring the pictures, they can practice reading them to each other before taking them home to keep and to read to other people outside of school.