Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom. The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes: Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books Suggestions for using role-play Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play Assessment guidelines Lists of resources A selection of photocopiable material

The Sounds of Language

The sounds of language

In This Chapter …

This chapter focuses on the sounds that make up spoken language. It is divided into three sections:

  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Initial sounds
  • Segmenting words.

Rhythm and Rhyme

Learning to detect rhyming words and the rhythm of spoken language is the first step in the development of phonological awareness.

Playing with Rhythm

The following activities introduce children to the rhythms of language through clapping out the beats of names, nursery rhymes and familiar multisyllabic words. As always, start with the most familiar – the names of the children in the group.

Clapping Names

Start off by clapping names with one syllable (Sam, Jim), then move on to two syllables (Ma-lik, Ras-na) and three and four syllables (Rose-ma-ry, E-liz-a-bethì). Repeat a single name ...

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