April 3, 2010

Toddler Time

Toddler Time in March focused on helping children learn Phonological Awareness, which is being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.
Songs are a wonderful way to help children hear the sounds in words. Each syllable gets its own note in song, making it easier to hear the sounds. Books such Old MacDonald Had A Farm encourage the enjoyment of a popular children's song as well as promoting the skill of Phonological Awareness.
You can work on this skill at home, too:
Check out children's music CDs at your library. Many songs have rhymes, which is part of Phonological Awareness. Songs also help children hear the syllables in words because most tunes give a different note to each syllable. So listen, move, sing, and dance to the music and help your child develop Phonological Awareness.

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