early literacy

For a basic review of early, or emergent, literacy, click here.

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds
in words, for example the ability to say whether or not two words rhyme or the ability to put two word chunks together to make a word.  There are many games that parents can play with their children to help develop a child’s phonological sensitivity.

One game would be to categorize words by their beginning sound.  A fun way to do this is to have a scavenger hunt through the house finding everything that begins with a certain letter.  Go on a “D” hunt and find a desk, a doll, a dinosaur and anything else you can find that starts with the letter “D” sound.

Another fun activity is to make new words together by rhyming.  These words don’t even have to be real words, it’s the sound that’s most important in this game.  Start with the word “dog” and change the beginning sound to get “fog”, “log”, “sog”, “pog”…

Have fun with these games!  For more information on phonological awareness, click here.

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