[RFHF] songs and rhymes!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Nov 19 09:57:32 PST 2012

Hello! I was just asked by one of you for phonological awareness resources and I thought many of you may like to know...

Reminder: phonological awareness is hearing the smaller sounds within words. Rhyming is an activity that helps children hear that many words start with different sounds, but end with the same sound such as hat, cat, and bat. It is great to sing, rhyme, and read poetry with children under three so they start hearing smaller sounds in words. However most children won't actually be able to generate rhymes or play with sounds in words successfully themselves until they are about 4 or 5 years old. Hearing smaller sounds in words at a young age is important because later when kids are learning to read they will better understand how to sound out words.

Washington Learning System's point-of-contact (a.k.a. on-the-go activities) address phonological awareness, language development, and print awareness. They are available in:

*         English http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.english.pdf

*         Spanish http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.spanish.pdf

*         Other languages http://www.walearning.com/resources/

Pages 4-8 of this article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children include book titles in English and Spanish that emphasize phonological awareness and suggest games and songs as well. http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200901/BTJPhonologicalAwareness.pdf

You can search the ELSIE book database by early literacy skill to learn more and current titles that focus on phonological awareness: http://www.hclib.org/birthto6/Elsie.cfm?Search=Y

I usually don't suggest commercial products, but Jim Gill has excellent music play that focuses on word play, most of it is designed to help children develop phonological awareness, vocabulary, listening skills, and self-regulation through 'music play'. His stuff isn't free, but it's GREAT. http://jimgill.com/. Contact your local public library to find out if you can check them out for free!

Does anyone else have any favorite resources on phonological development to share?


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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