Have you heard of phonological awareness? Here are 21 games to develop it!
Have you seen the blog Growing Book by Book yet? It’s a fabulous site for nurturing our youngest readers and writers! I’m so thankful that its author, Jodie, is here to share with us today while we enjoy our new baby. Be sure to visit her site for a wealth of literacy ideas!
One of the best ways to help our young children prepare for learning to read is to develop their phonological awareness.
Phonological awareness is the ability to hear differences in the ways words sound. Children with phonological awareness can do things such as identify beginning sounds in words, count syllables (parts) in words, and identify words that rhyme. This is all accomplished with listening and speaking activities.
Here are some of our favorite games and activities that we have shared on Growing Book by Book to develop phonological awareness.
Rhyming Color Chant
Rhyming Color Chant just requires a box of crayons and a simple chant. The kids listen to the chant and then identify the correct crayon that rhymes from the box.
The Three Little Kittens Rhyming Mittens
Nursery rhymes are great for working on rhyming. Help the kittens find their lost rhyming mittens in this playful activity.
Phonological Awareness Games for the Car
Use your travel time to develop phonological awareness skills in the car. Here are 10 quick and easy ideas.
Showy Shiny Shapes
Art projects can even be altered into phonological awareness activities. Here is a Showy Shiny Shapes activity to work on alliteration. The kids will be giggling at their sound concoctions.
Segmenting sounds in words helps kids hear the parts of a word. Utilizing sound boxes such as this carrot box sheet acts as a concrete representation for helping kids see their thinking.
Phonological Awareness Games for a Neighborhood Walk
A simple walk around the neighborhood can be filled with playful games to help your child become a reader. Here are seven conversations and activities for your next walk.
Start playing with sounds and helping your child get ready to read!
Jodie is the creator of Growing Book by Book where she shares book lists, reading and writing activities, and literacy building tips for young children. She is also the proud mom of 2 little boys- check out their playful preschool year! You can connect with her on Facebook andPinterest.
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