Syllables and Rhyming is the first book in the series entitled Phonological Awareness. The books in this four-part series are designed to be used sequentially.
Phonological awareness is a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language. Children who have acquired phonological awareness are able to clap out the number of syllables in words; identify and produce oral rhymes and can hear and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words (phonemic awareness).
Phonological awareness skills are one of the best predictors of how well children will acquire early literacy skills. Strong achievement in this area makes learning to read, write and spell a lot easier. Therefore, a focus on phonological skills and careful individual monitoring of achievements is needed to ensure successful development of early literacy skills in young children.
This book focuses on the development of syllables and rhyming skills and uses pictures to ensure that the children are ‘hearing’ the activities rather than focusing on the distraction of letters. Early instruction should be primarily oral and aural before any form of writing occurs.
The skills taught are for kindergarten level and therefore the activities are primarily based around cutting, gluing and/or drawing.