Let’s learn to recite songs and rhymes and then find the words that rhyme.
- Find the rhyming words in songs and nursery rhymes and make up new versions with other words that rhyme.
- Say two words that rhyme and ask for another word that rhymes with the words, asking which word does not rhyme with other words.
- Rhyming words end with the same, or with the same set of sounds.
Let’s learn to name all the letters in your first and last name.
- Point to each letter in your child’s name and see if he or she can name each one. Do the same with names of family members and his or her friends. Make the sounds of the letters out loud as you print them.
- Children like to learn about their own name, so this is a great place to start for most children!
Let’s learn to identify the first, middle and last syllable in words.
- Clap out and count the syllables to simple words like mon-key (two syllables). See if any of the syllables by themselves are real words. In the case of monkey, key is a word.
- A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a spoken word. This is different from a phoneme or letter sound. For example, there is 1 syllable in the word ship, and 3 phonemes (/sh/i/p/).
Can your child consistently:
- Recite songs and rhymes and then find the words that rhyme?
- Name all the letters in his or her first and last name?
- Identify the first, middle and last syllable in words?
Did you know?
A child’s Phonological Awareness (the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the sounds of spoken language) is key to your child’s readiness to learn Phonics (letter-sound relationships). Your child is developing important skills through all those silly rhymes and word play!