April 16, 2011

Every Child Ready to Read: Teaching Phonological Awareness to Your Baby and Toddler

Phonological Awareness is the ability to break words down into parts, to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. Most children who have trouble learning to read have trouble with Phonological Awareness. You can help your child learn this important skill:

· Having your child hear and make the sounds of the animals is one enjoyable way to help develop phonological awareness, to eventually be able to hear the smaller sounds in words.

· Reading rhyming books and sharing rhymes help your child hear parts of words. You can play an “I Spy” game using the pictures in a book. First talk about some of the things in a picture, naming them and allowing your child time to repeat them. For example, if you are reading a book with pictures of farm animals, you might say, “I spy with my little eye something on this page that rhymes with or sounds like wig. What could it be?...Right! Pig! You can play games like this with any book or picture, or even as you are walking or driving around.

Songs have different notes for different syllables. This is one way we help children hear the parts of words.

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