Rhyming, Rhythm, & Reading for Preschoolers.

Using music to teach about the sounds of spoken language.

The name for the ability to notice and work with the sounds in language is phonological awareness. Young children who have phonological awareness notice, for example, that words can begin or end with the same sound — that bag, ball, and bug all begin with the sound of “b;” that words can rhyme; and that sentences are made up of separate words. Research shows that how quickly children will learn to read often depends on how much phonological awareness they have when they begin kindergarten.

Here are some fun things that you can do to help your children learn about the sounds of spoken language:

Choose books to read aloud that focus on sounds, rhyming, and alliteration.  Try to keep a steady rhythm so the rhyming pattern stands out.

Have the children sing or say a familiar nursery rhyme or song. Repeat it several times, raising your voice on words that rhyme. Then have the children join in, saying the rhyming words with you.

Invite the children to make up new verses of familiar songs or rhymes by changing the beginning sounds of words.

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