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Phonological Awareness




Being able to break words into smaller sounds is important too. For example, ask a child what "piglet" sounds like without the "pig " (leaving just "let"). Point out the first sound in words - "what sound does 'cat' start with?" Then ask, "what other words start with that sound?"

Rhyming books are popular with children and represent an important way to build this aspect of phonological awareness. Show children rhyming words and ask them if word in a story rhyme - "do 'bear' and 'bowl" rhyme?" or "do 'bear' and 'chair' rhyme?"

Rhythm, cadence, and alliteration are important too. Songs and simple children's raps use rhythm and cadence extensively. Point out when a series of words begin with the same sound - Dr. Seus’ ABCs uses alliteration to teach children the alphabet: “Aunt Annie’s alligator…”

The sounds you play with together don't have to be real words. Made-up words can be fun and teach phonological awareness too. Point out multi-syllable words. Clapping for each syllable in a word is fun for a child and helps them understand the different parts of that word.

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