Phonological Awareness Storytime

This storyitme is a part of the series I did on the 6 Early Literacy Skills.

My Introduction:

This is our second week of going through all the six early literacy skills. Researchers say that these are the 6 skills children need to hone in order to be confident and ready to read and write.  

Today’s skill is Phonological Awareness. “Phonological awareness” refers to a child’s ability to play with different sounds, putting them together, taking them apart, and making words out of smaller sounds. I picked today’s stories and songs because they help us play with sounds. I hope you will take them home with you to further practice these skills!

Books

Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! By K. L. Going

Smon Smon by Sonja Danowski

Say Zoop! By Herve Tullet

Rumble, Grumble… Hush by Kate Banks

Acivities

“Apples and Bananas”

I’m honestly a little bit ashamed of how often I can be found singing “Apples and Bananas” over and over again while I do household chores. It’s just fun to sing. It just is.

“Apples and Bananas”
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

Now change the vowel sound to A: 

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

Now change the vowel sound to E: 

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

Now change the vowel sound to I: 

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis

Now change the vowel sound to O: 

like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

“Acka Backa”

“Acka Backa” is a great “all-the-time” song, but the “-ck” sounds make it fantastic for phonological awareness. I made up some hand motions to go along with it just to keep the tots engaged.

“Acka Backa”  
Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you!

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you!

Syllable Blending Farm

  1. Use three or four farm animal puppets.
  2. One by one, ask the tots what the animal is, while slowly blending the letter sounds.
  3. Get faster and faster until the word is recognizable.
    • It’s a /c/ /o/ /w/.  A cow! What does a cow say!?
    • It’s a /ch/ /i/ /ken/. A chicken! What does a chicken do?
    • It’s a /p/ /i/ /g/. A pig! What does a pig say?!

“Face to Face”

I found this song at Songs for Teaching. It’s a bit of a tongue twister, but great for blending syllables and making sounds!

“Face to Face”
I have two eyes, two eyebrows, too,
Two ears, one nose, one chin,
Two lips, one mouth, and lots of teeth.
You’ll see them when I grin.

I need my lips and tongue and teeth.
I need my cheeks and lungs to speak,
to whisper, talk, sing, cry or shout.
I take in air in, I breathe air out.

And when I smile, I stretch my lips
in the middle of my face.
From ear to ear and cheek to cheek
And everything’s in place

I reach my arms above my head
I wave my hands about
I bend my neck and wiggle my hips
and stick my elbows out.

I touch my knees and then my ankles
and tap, tap, tap my toes
and then I stand straight up again
and wrinkle up my nose.

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