Phonological Awareness - The earliest element of reading:
Phonological awareness is an awareness of the SOUNDS OF LANGUAGE. Babies listen to the rhythm and familiarity of a parent’s voice and are internalizing the sounds. The importance of talking to your baby, and even reading a board book aloud, can’t be emphasized enough. These are the building blocks to language development.
The first three years of a child’s life are important for the development of speech and auditory skills. Children as young as two years become aware of the speech sound system of language by listening to rhymes and alliteration. Not only is this a tool for reading development, but it can also be a joyful experience for you and your child. Poems, songs, and nursery rhymes are excellent choices for interacting with your child. Many of the nursery rhymes provide great opportunities to listen, relate and even move with the rhyme. I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT
This simple and repetitive nursery rhyme is an excellent opportunity for your child to listen, recite, and even move to the rhythm. Children enjoy making the hand motions of the shape of the teapot as they sing the rhyme.
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
The earliest book of nursery rhymes was published over 250 years ago. Some are about real occurrences. For example, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” is about a girl named Mary Sawyer whose pet lamb followed her to school each day