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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten:
6 Early Learning Skills

Phonological Awareness

The ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words.

An early learning skill your child needs for school success.

  • Play rhyming word games with your child.
    (bat, rat, hat, sat)
  • Sing songs and mother goose rhymes with your child.
  • Play beginning sound games.
    (sit, saw, seven, snake)
    What is the sound that starts each word?
  • Break words apart.
    (hot-dog, cow-boy, side-walk, base-ball)
  • Clap out the number of syllables in the names of animals, foods or family names.
    (el-e-phant, spa-ghe-tti, Su-sie)

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