What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn about how singing, reading and talking with your child can help them learn about letter sounds.
Sending your child off to kindergarten able to recognize and name all 26 letters is great, but sending your child off to kindergarten having spent the last 5 years, singing, reading and talking with you is even better! Why? Because 5 years of singing, reading and talking will have exposed your child to the different sounds each of those letters makes and that is going to make learning to read a whole lot easier. Recognizing and naming each letter in the alphabet is important to learning to read, but knowing the sounds the letter represents is imperative to learning to read. So be sure to spend time engaging your 0-5 year old in simple activities that will support phonemic awareness, the ability to hear those letter sounds.
Here are a few simple ideas to get you started.
Listening – Teach your child to listen closely. Spend time each day, sitting quietly together, describing what you hear. “I can hear the neighbor’s dog barking, I think he wants to be let inside. Do you hear him?” Be sure to ask your child what they can hear.
Rhyming – Start sharing poems and silly rhymes with your child when they are very young. As they get older ask them to help you make up poems and even sillier rhymes. The ability to hear a rhyme will help your child to notice patterns when they start to read printed text, “if c-a-t says cat then H-a-t probably says hat.”
Syllables – If you’ve been to a storytime at one of the four Chandler Public Libraries then you’ve probably clapped out a syllable or two, so keep the fun going at home. Make a game of breaking words down into syllables. Use painters tape to make a number ladder (think hopscotch) on the floor. Give your child a word and have them jump forward for each syllable. This is a nice precursor to learning to break words down into individual letter sounds.
And, as always, remember to keep it fun!