Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear the smaller sounds that make up words. Although many children’s books are written in rhyme, you do not need books to work on phonological awareness with your child. Memorize songs and nursery rhymes and practice them together wherever you are.
- Learn nursery rhymes with your child. Rhymes and songs help children to develop an ear for spoken language.
- Singing helps to slow down language so that children can hear the smaller sounds that make up words. The predictable patterns in songs and rhymes help children sound out words as they learn to read.
- Try clapping out parts of words so that children can hear them come apart into syllables. For example, clap out your child’s name. Ace has one syllable, Lily has two syllables (Li-ly), and Elizabeth has four syllables (E-liz-a-beth).
- Play with words! Find words that rhyme, even if they’re nonsense words: milk, silk, pilk, rilk…
- Practice phonological awareness while you’re on a walk, eating dinner, giving your child a bath, or at bedtime.