Welcome to Phonological Awareness Friday. This post will focus on the basic skill of hearing syllables in words. Hearing syllables is part of a larger skill set called phonological awareness.
Syllables in Songs, Poems, and Stories:
Syllables are the beat of words. You can show your child the beat of words by clapping syllables in songs, poems, and favorite books you read to your child. You don't always have to clap. Be creative. You can use a musical instrument, nod your head, tap your fingers, or stomp your feet. Your child will eventually join you and do it on his or her own in time.
Syllables in the World:
You can practice hearing syllables anytime with your child. Sneak in clapping, tapping, nodding or stomping syllables in words at different times of the day until you know your child understands syllables. You can practice syllables of family names, objects in the room, names of stores, or places you've visited.
Try this free online syllable game.
Check out this resource for simple phonological activities to try at home.
Listen to 70 free children songs and nursery rhymes to music. (I don't suggest clapping to the syllables with the background music.)