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Poetry for Young Children
Poetry is a fun and engaging way to develop children’s phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is about understanding the sound structure of oral language at the word, syllable, rhyme and phoneme levels.
Learn how you can use poetry to help develop phonological awareness in your children!
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In order to spell and write words, children should be able to link letters to their sounds and understand that letters are used to write the sounds they hear in words. Teachers can help them achieve this understanding by using shared writing to model the writing process. Learn more about how shared writing can be used to develop children’s early literacy skills.
Select a shared experience and encourage children to talk about it by asking them questions such as: How did you build your truck? What materials did you use?
Provide an authentic context for shared writing based on the experience, e.g. through a class story about the experience, or the materials used for making the monster truck.
Have the children suggest words or sentences for the shared writing. Guide the children on their sentence structures before writing their suggestions down.
Segment words by sounding and stretching them. Get children to identify the corresponding letter for the sound they hear as you write them.
As the language patterns follow children’s own speech and the content is generated by their own experiences, children can see the connections between sounds and words.
Use the editing process to address common issues such as tenses and punctuation after the children have contributed the sentences, using different coloured markers.
Read the shared writing and reread it several times, modelling expression and phrasing.
Use the shared writing to discover letters and words through activities like Letter Hunt and Sight Word Hunt with your children.
Provide opportunities for children to draw and write on their own as a follow-up activity.