Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fun Phonological Games For All

Phonological awareness has been a huge focus lately. For children to be able to learn, I believe any activity must be fun and game-like. Here are some of my favorite games to play!

One of my favorite games for teaching syllables is to have students partner up and stand back to back. You say a word, and they hold up the number of syllables right in front of their face. Then after everyone has figured out how many syllables they believe are in the word, they turn around and face their partner. If they both have the same correct answer they give each other a high five.

Next, this is a fun guessing game to play. First take any object or picture card and hide it in a container of some sort. I prefer to use a plastic trash can from the dollar store that I decorated to be all mystery like. Then you give clues to guess what is inside. If it was a cat I would say for example it starts with the "c" sound, it rhymes with hat. The kids always love guessing what is inside and can't wait to see if they were right.

One final one I love is called Alphabet Soup. For this one, it is best if you have a toy cauldron and pretend food. It can be used with paper cutouts as well. You say we are making Alphabet soup and all the ingredients added must begin with a certain letter of the alphabet. For example if you were making "T" soup, you could add tomatoes, tacos and turkey.

Hope you enjoyed these games and if you have any ideas you would like to share I would love to hear them!

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