I was the substitute librarian for two preschool storytimes yesterday. Since none of these children knew me, we spent some time having each child (who was willing) say his or her name aloud. After each child’s name, we slowly savored the different sounds in the name, noticing what our tongues were doing to make the different sounds, talking about beginning sounds that were the same in the names of others in the room. As an aside to the caregivers, I mentioned phonemic awareness. (Reading Rockets has an article about phonemic awareness.) We then talked about how all words, including our names, are made up of different sounds put together.
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