Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tongue Twisters!

Did you know...that children hear a letter sound most easily at the beginning of a word? Remember those tongue twisters, clapping and jump-rope rhymes that we use to say as kids, like Miss Mary Mack? When several words have the same beginning sound, it's called alliteration. An easy way to help children recognize those beginning sounds of words is by saying tongue twisters. Singing those tongue twisters and rhymes actually help children develop their phonological awareness - an important early literacy skill. Phonological awareness is the ability to hear the smaller sounds in words. It helps with later reading. Go ahead, try a tongue twister now, for fun! Here are two familiar ones: 

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers, 
How many pickled peppers were in the peck that Peter Piper picked?


Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack 
All dressed in black, black, black 
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons 
All down her back, back, back. 
She asked her mother, mother, mother 
For 50 cents, cents, cents 
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants 
Jump over the fence, fence, fence. 
They jumped so high, high, high 
They reached the sky, sky, sky 
And they didn't come back, back, back 
'Til the 4th of July, ly, ly! 

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