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Preschool word games that promote phonological awareness

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07/16/14

Phonics and phonemic awareness are the beginning of learning how to read. Kids discover how sounds and letters work together to form words.

One way you can do this is to play a rhyming game. You can start by saying "I'm thinking of the word cat. Can you think of a word that rhymes with cat?". Then the child answers "Bat. Mat. Rat." and so forth.

Another game to play is asking child to point out or guess words that start with a certain letter. For example, you could say "What letter does tree start with? The letter T? That's right! Do you know another word that starts with T?". The child would answer "Tiger. Tissue. Teeth. Toothbrush. Tomato."

The above two games are great for playing anywhere - at school, while running errands, or at home.

Magnetic letters are always fun for kids. Stick a bunch of these on your refrigerator and ask your child to bring you a certain letter. Or see if they can spell their name.

Here are some other fun ideas while you're waiting. Ask your child to find certain letters on your phone. Or play I Spy by saying "I Spy something that sounds like ___ or starts with ___." Give clues as necessary.

Playing these kinds of games make it so fun for kids to learn without realizing they're learning.

Also, don't forget the importance of encouraging children to read. Alphabet books are great for promoting literacy awareness. Some of my favorites include simple letters with pictures (for example: A is for Apple) or rhyming books about letters (such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom).

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