Phonological awareness is when children connect the sounds of words through rhymes, stories, songs, and play. Much of this skill has to do with listening to sounds and patterns of language throughout the day.
Why is this important?
Understanding that words are made up of smaller sounds is key to successfully learning to read. Learning about the sounds of words, and seeing words in print will help children become ready to read.
What can you do?
- Sing songs and lullabies, and play music for your child.
- Practice reading and reciting favorite nursery rhymes.
- Clap the rhythm of word sounds, like two claps for “pump-kin.”
- Play “Simon Says” to encourage active listening.
- Play books on tape while driving in the car.
- Practice making animal sounds with your child like, the cat says “Meow,” the dog says “Ruff, ruff.”
Which books are best?
Rhyming books and interactive stories really help children get involved and have fun with reading, while learning about sounds in words.
Books to share:
- Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
- Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
- Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
This information was shared from Kent District Library, Comstock Park ,MI.
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Last updated: March 28, 2016