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Clapping Out Words

Snowy Blowy WinterClapping words helps children hear them divided into parts. This fun activity helps develop their phonological awareness, the ability to break words into parts. This is one of the skills researchers say is important for children to have before learning to read. Talk about the word “winter”—sound out the different parts of the word (win – ter). Say them separately and then together again, first slowly and then faster. Clap once for each syllable of the word. You can also try the same thing with other words, such as season, snowman, icicle, snowball, and snowflake.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on December 26, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

A is for Amos

A is for AmosAlphabet books are one way to help children become aware of letters, how they look, and what sounds they make. It is best not to quiz your young child on the letters, but rather to mention them in the context of something that they enjoy, like a book.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on December 12, 2011 Categories: Letter Knowledge