storytime 9/11/08: phonological awareness

One of the six skills of early literacy is phonological awareness, the ability to identify the different sounds that make words and to associate these sounds with written words. Activities involving dividing words into syllables, rhyming words, and blending sounds to make words can be key for your child during the process of learning to read.

Today in storytime, I shared some ideas and activites designed to help your child continue to develop phonological awareness skills. I read books (Dog’s Noisy Day, Cock a Doodle Quack Quack, and Cows in the Kitchen) featuring animal sounds, and we made lots of animal sounds ourselves, an activity that allows children to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. We also sang some songs, which is a great activity to help children hear the smaller parts of words, since songs have different notes for different syllables.

Here are a few more activities you can do with your child at home to help develop phonological awareness.

  • read a familiar story or sing a familiar song, but replace the occasional word with a nonsense word (for example, sing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” but replace the word ‘farm’ with the nonsense word ‘barm’)
  • look around the room or out the window and name what you see, then clap out the syllables

See you next week at storytime!

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1 Comment »

  1. KB said

    Tracey —
    I’m learning things about early literacy from you that I probably would have gotten if I’d only taken Children’s Lit at UK. Thanks Teach! 🙂

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