This week we are exploring counting 0-5 as part of the collaborative effort of our Early Childhood Education Team. All year we are exploring early childhood themes and I will be focusing on phonological awareness and phonics activities. Today, I’m sharing a playful phonological awareness activity to build segmentation of words into syllables.
Segmenting Words Activity
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Why We Chose This Activity
Developing phonological awareness helps prepare kids to read. Phonological awareness activities are oral. We work on listening and speaking to play and experiment with language. In our house we are all about prepping to read! We’ve been doing lots of rhyming activities, alliteration games and this week we worked on segmentation of words.
Time to Play
Start with words that have two parts. Examples include: basket, garden, muffin, kitten, and monkey. Model saying the word and clapping each part. Count the number of claps to determine how many parts there are to each word.
Say the next word and clap with your child and count the parts that you both hear.
Proceed to the third word and see if your child can clap and count as they segment the word.
When ready, move on to three part words such as: dinosaur, butterfly, astronaut, basketball, and umbrella.
Do a few of these a few minutes each day. Soon, your child will be a segmenting master
Enjoy segmenting words with your child and building phonological skills! Your child is preparing to read.
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