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Can You Moo?

 Can you mooPhonological awareness means learning about sounds in words. Hearing and learning animal sounds helps children hear different kinds of sounds. Show your child pictures of different animals in books and demonstrate what sound they make. Can You Growl Like a Bear? by John Butler and Can You Moo? by David Wojtowycz are two great titles that will inspire you and your little one to play with animal noises. Or take a trip to a local farm or zoo to have them hear the animal sounds in person!

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison



By MPPL on August 3, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Rhyming Dust Bunnies!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies Rhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. Reading books like Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas and sharing rhymes helps children hear the smaller parts that make up words. This skill—phonological awareness—helps them when they later try to sound out words to read. And it’s fun too!

 –Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By on May 23, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

“Five Little Ducks” rhyme

Five little ducks Phonological awareness means learning about sounds in words, and part of that is rhyming. Have fun saying the “Five Little Ducks” rhyme with your child at home. The Library also has many board books and picture books that feature the rhyme.

"Five Little Ducks"

Five little ducks went out one day (flap)
Over the hills and far away. (wave motion with hand)
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (talking motion with hand)
But only four little ducks came back. (flap)

Repeat with: Four, Three, Two, One, and No little ducks…

Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
And five little ducks came wandering back!

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head


By on February 22, 2011 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Playing with Sounds

Dog's colorful day In the book, Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, each time dog gets another spot of color it’s accompanied by a sound like, “Swish!” or “Splurt.” When children hear and practice making these kinds of onomatopoeic noises, or the sounds that animals make, it helps them hear the smaller sounds that make up words, which is part of the early literacy skill phonological awareness

–Tip by Renee N., Youth Library Assistant

By on December 14, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

The More We Get Together

Toddler tunes

Toddler Tunes: 26 Classic Songs for Toddlers

The early literacy skill of phonological awareness means learning about sounds in words.  Singing songs with your baby, such as “Old MacDonald” or “The More We Get Together,” is a great way to emphasize this skill because in songs each syllable may have a different note. Without thinking about it your child is hearing words being broken down into parts.  The Library has a multitude of CDs with classic children’s songs… check one of these out!

Raffi singable songs  Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

–Tip by Renee N., Library Assistant



By on September 8, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Warthogs Paint

Warthogs paint Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, like rhyming, playing with syllables or parts of words, and hearing beginning sounds of words. A fun way to help children learn their colors and rhyming skills would be to read the book, Warthogs Paint: A Messy Color Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards. You can even make the story more interactive by giving your child colored paper or crayons and each time a color is mentioned in the book have them hold up that color.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant


By on June 14, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

The Banging Book

Banging book 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.

–Tip by Michelle T., Youth Outreach Liaison

By on March 15, 2010 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Nursery Rhyme Time

Nursery rhyme time cd 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!

WigglewormsNursery Rhyme Time: Songs, Rhymes and Movement Activities by Georgiana Liccione Stewart
Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music


Tip from Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By on December 22, 2009 Categories: Phonological Awareness