Take Time to Rhyme
Children need to become aware of the different sounds that letters and words make. The following are ways to help children hear letter and word sounds:
The awareness of syllables (oat+meal=oatmeal)
The awareness of rhyme (dog, fog, log, bog, cog, hog)
The awareness of phonemes, which are the smallest speech sounds (dog=d/aw/g)
What can you do to increase your child's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words?
- Sing! Singing helps children hear syllables and the small sounds that make up words.
- Clap out words into their parts or syllables.
- Learn some nursery rhymes to say with your child.
- Make up your own silly rhymes: The fat cat went splat on a mat.