Monday, May 3, 2010

Now You Too Can Use Big Words

How about "Phonological Awareness"? This is a wonderfully geeky way of saying your child can hear the different parts of a word - that "dog" sounds like "duh aw guh" Children usually start with hearing the beginning sounds of words most easily. That's why babies will babble "duh duh duh" for a dog - or a duck. They probably don't hear the difference between the "g" and the "k" at the end. That comes later.

Scientists (or "They") say that learning nursery rhymes as little tots helps with phonological awareness. All that Hickory, Dickory Dock and Eensy Weensy Spider really does make a difference! When those rhymes and songs with nonsense words and silly patterns are repeated over and over, the syllables and sounds imprint in their brains and help them hear the parts of words. This is an important pre-reading skill. Children need to be able to hear the three sounds of the word "dog" before they can know which letter goes with which sound.

So keep coming to Storytime! Bring your little ones as early as you can! Even if your child just sits on your lap and watches, it's all sinking in.

Now can you make your toddler say "Phonological Awareness"?

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