Take Time to Rhyme (Phonological Awareness)
Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words; it is a listening rather than a seeing skill. Phonological awareness includes:
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 help your child with phonological awareness?
- 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.