Instructional Strategies

Many great ways to teach phonological awareness comes from the use of word games, songs, and silly talk. One popular song used to teach rhyming words is Down by the Bay. This allows students to choose their own words and is also an entertaining and engaging way to explore rhyming words. We can also use games such as Going on Vacation (Bennett-Armistead, Duke & Moses, 2005, pg. 102). This game asks students to find words the same first sound to take on vacation with them. For example, I could go on vacation and bring my bike, and the next student could go on vacation and bring their ball. Silly talk is also a fun way to get students to slow down their speech and recognize the sounds within the words. With the word hello students can stretch it out to hhhheeeeeeellllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooo and hear each of the phonemes within the word.

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