Because alliteration requires the awareness of word parts that are smaller than a syllable at the sound level, it is considered a beginning phonemic awareness skill. However, this very ability to focus on the very beginning of sounds is an early step in sound segmentation that is most commonly exhibited by kids that are 4 years old or older.
Even though most young 3s may not be able to grasp the concept, exposing them to fun activities that use alliteration is still beneficial in that you are immersing them in a rich environment from which the recognition of these sounds can eventually take place.
I had taught in the older grades before I left to have babies and when I was ready to return to work, I found myself teaching 3-5 year olds. I was excited for this awesome chance to introduce and build a strong foundation for these little ones that will one day be great readers.
While I knew they need lots of play and exposure to phonological awareness, I just didn’t know where to start. I just didn’t know what materials were just right for my younger students.
I started with rhythm and rhyme. Easy! Little ones love songs, poems, and games we played to build these skills. I felt good, I was sharing with the kiddos and they were building some great rhyming skills. Then... here it comes…..I needed to start adding alliteration to my daily routine to expose them into further phonological levels and build an even better foundation.
I searched and searched and I was stuck! I found a few good things, used a few others, but my kiddos where just not getting it and none of us were really having fun. So I knew there had to be a few more things. I searched and searched again…. And tried more things. Again: no fun and no learning. Most of what I found was too far over their heads.
One day while I was reading about Early Literacy it dawned on me that the activities I was using were too hard for the kids and on the phonological level, they were way beyond their cognitive capacity. That is when I went back to the drawing board and came up with some simple activities to use with my students. I was a little worried, but after trying a few of them out I was so surprised to find they were getting it and having fun! Which was my goal all along.
I continued to add these activities throughout the year and what a difference it made! The kids loved these simple fix up activities and lessons and they were building a great foundation. It also, made a difference when I moved the kids on to more difficult tasks on the phonological continuum. It was a smoother transition than the past years and my kids seemed to move much further than before. These activities were so simple; I didn’t know why I didn’t think of them earlier!
Now I want to share them with you! And it is FREE!
Join us this Sunday, October 22nd at 4:00PM to see how you can build your little ones’ alliteration and pre reading skills!
Learn how to include alliteration lesson into your daily routines
Learn how to spend just 3-5 minutes to bring alliterations to life
Learn how to use simple materials from your own classroom
Learn how to include parents in alliteration fun
Learn how to take a quick assessment of your students—(Are they getting it?)
Get all your questions answered with a live Q and A session
We will be sharing some free materials during the live feed.
So don’t miss out!!
I hope you can make it!