Early Literacy Aside–Example: Helping children hear the beginning sounds of words is one way to develop their phonological awareness–their ability to hear the smaller sounds in words. This will later help them sound out words when they learn to read. You can put new words to the tune of the song Old Macdonald. I’ll say two words and you see if you can hear the beginning sound which is the same for both words. SSSSSad and SSSSSSilly. What’s the sound that is the same for both words? Right! /s/ Now we’ll sing a song about it. Let’s try it.
To the tune of Old Macdonald Had a Farm
What’s the sound that these words share?
Listen to these words:
Sad and silly are these words
Tell me what you heard.
With a /s/, /s/, here and a /s/, /s/ there
Here a /s/, there a /s/, everywhere a /s/, /s/
/S/ is the sound that these words share.
We can hear the sound!
Try other words and sounds. It is easier for the children to join in with the sounds if you talk about the words before singing the song.
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