Preschoolers become aware of words and units of sound as they play with sounds and create rhymes. We as teachers nurture phonemic awareness through these developmentally appropriate activities:
- singing songs
- reciting nursery rhymes
- sharing wordplay books
playing word games
Through these activities children tune into the sounds of words and develop an understanding of rhyme. They recognize and generate rhyming words, segment words into syllables, substitute sounds to create new words and much more. Learning these strategies is crucial because children apply them as they learn phonics.