After the clapping game, read an alliterative book (such as Amelia’s Fantastic Flight, by Rose Bursik).
When reading the alliterative book, the adult reads a line then says, “I hear some same sounds, Ffantastic Fflight.” Read a line and let the child repeat the words that have the same first sound.
The child repeats words that are alliterative and hears the likeness of sounds.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to play games that require the child to listen to different sounds. For instance, listen to the sounds outdoors or in the house and identify what is heard. Help parents understand that listening games will sharpen the child’s ability to identify sounds of letters for reading. Clapping games are also listening games that help the child listen for syllables in words. Adults can start with names, as these are typically easy, and add other words the child wants to clap to. Librarians can help parents find books that are alliterative and/or involve rhyming. Explain how these types of books help the child learn to differentiate sound patterns in words, an important literacy skill.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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