Posts Tagged phonological awareness

August 6 storytime: fish and friends

We visited our friends in the ocean today at storytime. Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, the fish in the sea, chomp chomp oh no!, head shoulders knees and toes, 5 little fishes swimming in the sea, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

shark goes chomp!

Books:

Fish Wish

Ten Little Fish

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: The early literacy skill we’ll look at today is Phonological Awareness. This means being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words—like hearing rhyming words, and being able to clap syllables or parts of words. Researchers know this is an important skill for later when your child begins to sound out words.

aside #2: linger over words when you read out loud, and have your child repeat words with fun sounds with you after you read them. And be sure to choose picture books that you can have fun reading out loud and sharing spoken language with your child.

aside #3: Books with rhyming text will help your child hear the sounds in words, which will build their phonological awareness skills. So when you choose books to read to your child, try to find some with rhyming text.

Lane Library book information:

Fish Wish

Ten Little Fish

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July 30th storytime: bath time

There was lots of splooshing and galooshing (not to mention scrub a dubbing) today in storytime as we read and sang about taking a bath. Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, this is the way we take a bath, 1 little 2 little bubbles, head shoulders knees and toes, tail of the pig goes round, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

dance with scarves to Bubble by Mommie, thumbs up rhyming game

Books:

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Phonological awareness is the first component that supports the development of reading skills. It is the ability to hear and work with the spoken language, or the smaller sounds that make up words.

aside #2: Singing improves phonological awareness by breaking words into sounds and syllables, this helps children learn the correct letter sounds that are so important for speech and reading. One great way to have fun with singing is by adapting familiar songs and rhymes.

aside #3: When you read rhyming books aloud, pause before the last word in a rhyme and let the children guess what that word might be. Don’t worry if your children don’t guess the first few times. Books that allow children to participate in this way are great books for developing phonological awareness.

Lane Library book information

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Bubble by Mommie–from the cd Mommie’s Dearest

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July 16th storytime: We're going places

We were going places today in storytime, as we read and sang about trucks and other vehicles.   Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, head shoulders knees and toes, Old McDonald had a truck,  wheels on the bus, she’ll be driving a (color) car when she comes, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

let’s go on a trip in our truck, red light green light jumping, ‘what word starts with the ‘t’ sound game

Books:

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1:  Today in storytime we’ll talk about the early literacy skill phonological awareness. This is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, including rhyming and beginning sounds.

aside #2:  Having your children hear and make the sounds of vehicles or of animals is a fun way to help them develop phonological awareness.

aside #3:  Rhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. By saying, reading, and singing rhymes with your children, you are supporting phonological awareness. This skill helps them when they start to sound out words to read.

Lane Library book  information

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

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fun with…music for the whole family

Kids love music.   And often they love to sing, move and dance to the music they hear (or even sometimes make themselves!)

Research has proven that listening to and participating with music is beneficial to kids in many ways, especially in the development of language and literacy skills.   For example, how did most people likely learn their ABC’s?   Almost certainly, we learned them by singing that oh so familiar song.  Combining music with information stimulates the brain and makes that information easier to remember.

A child’s instinctive ability to listen and decode a song extends to reading.  Just as they have sung along with a familiar song, so they will read along in a familiar book.  The sense of rhythm obtained from listening to music will also help young readers to identify patterns, like rhyming words, which will help them learn to read.  Because songs automatically break down words into smaller sounds through tones, singing particularly helps to develop the early literacy skill phonological awareness.

While the traditional songs of Raffi and Pete Seeger are almost always a popular choice with kids, there are many wonderful cd’s at Lane that will entertain the whole family.  Be sure to check them out!

You Are My Little Bird — Elizabeth Mitchell  Lane Library info

Ralph’s Word: Happy Lemons — Ralph Covert  Lane Library info

Bloom — Zak Morgan  Lane Library info

Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho — Jim Gill  Lane Library info

No! — They Might Be Giants  Lane Library info

Peter, Paul and Mommy — Peter, Paul and Mary  Lane Library info

Family Dance — Dan Zanes  Lane Library info

Snacktime! — Barenaked Ladies  Lane Library info

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June 11 storytime: big and little

Who’s big? Who’s little? We found out today in storytime!  Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, itsy bitsy/great big hairy/teency weency spider, little fish/big fish in the water, songboard, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

look at big and little animal pictures and discuss, big and little names, dance with scarves (dance big to Choo Choo Train, dance small to Take a Little Nap from the cd Ralph’s World, see cd info below)

Books:

One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Literacy info to adults:

#1: We talked about the early literacy skill phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words

#2: Make up silly words by changing the first sound in a word: milk, nilk, pilk, rilk, filk.  It’s OK if the words are nonsense words, you just want to demonstrate how sounds can be manipulated

#3:  Play with and help your child hear the syllables in words.  For example, say words with a pause between the syllables (rab it) and have your child guess what word you are saying.

Lane Library book and cd information

One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Ralph’s World

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May 21st storytime: let's dance

We got to show off our fancy moves today, because storytime was all about dancing!  Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, if you like to dance clap your hands, stretch/head shoulders knees and toes, hokey pokey, Tommy thumb, dance your fingers, Simon Says

Activities:

dance our body parts to music (Twist on All Time Favorite Dances),  feather dance to music (Shake Your Body on Sugar Beats Greatest Dance Hits), ring bells to the syllables in kids’ names

Books:

Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing (we clapped on and repeated the fun dancing words in this book)

Asides:

#1: We talked about the early literacy skill phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words

#2: hearing words that rhyme will help your child break down words into smaller parts, so books with lots of rhymes are a great choice to help develop this skill

#3: Anything with a great rhythm is good for developing phonological awareness, and clapping on each syllable helps kids break up words into their smaller sounds

We had a good time dancing!

Lane Library book information

Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing

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