The Banging Book by Bill Grossman is all about noises and sounds. Phonological awareness is about sounds in words, so making noises to go along with the sounds in books will encourage this early literacy skill. Use this book or others like it with a small instrument like a drum or tambourine and have your little one bang along with the story.
Notes from Storytime
You may not realize it, but singing songs and doing nursery rhymes with children helps them hear words being broken up into smaller sounds. This is part of phonological awareness, one of the six skills children need before they learn to read. Try one of these CDs to add excitement to traditional nursery rhymes! Nursery Rhyme Time: Songs, Rhymes and Movement Activities by Georgiana Liccione Stewart, Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music, or Playful Baby by Gregg Kennard.
–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator