Really -- they just don't hear them. Both children are 5 and will go to Kindergarten next year. I work with them in all the ways I know -- songs, books, making silly words, eraser rhymes, sorting objects, 1 on 1, small groups, whole groups.....They both also struggle with hearing the beginning sounds of words. I am at a loss as to how to help them with this skill of hearing sounds. Is this something a kid just has to grow into? Is there a method I'm missing? I can see on the face of one of the children that she knows she's not getting something her pals are getting. The other child doesn't seem to see that. It's not that i think that these kids are doomed if they don't get rhyming at this point -- but it is a mystery to me.