Listening for sounds:
Your child will be learning new things every day and gradually building more and more knowledge about the world around them.
In the Foundation Stage, these different areas of learning are split in to Prime areas and Specific areas. As well as these areas of learning, we will also be helping your child to develop the characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.
You are a key part of this and especially in helping to open the door to reading. You can make a huge difference by:
-reading lots of books (in English or home languages),
-listening to all kinds of sounds, and
-making and talking about all kinds of sounds.
These pre-phonic skills are really easy to add in to your day and don’t need lots of resources!
What sounds do their TOYS make? What sounds would the tractor make in real life? What does a bus sound like when it goes past the window? Help your child to notice and imagine, maybe they can try and make the same noise?
What sounds can you hear OUTSIDE? In the street? In the market? On the bus? Are they loud or quiet? Are they long or short sounds?
What sounds can you hear INSIDE? Can you hear the washing machine? Can you hear the vacuum cleaner? Can you hear the cat purring?
Play around with rhythm and rhyme – can you sing some nursery rhymes? Can you make up some funny rhymes? If you have some rhyming books, try pausing before the rhyming word and encourage your child to fill in the missing word.
- When drawing together, try drawing a snake and a sock. Point out that these things both begin with a ‘s’ sound. Make the hissing s sound. If you say the name of the letter ‘ess’ it won't make as much sense to your child as the words aren't pronounced essnake or essock. Add some more ‘s’ pictures e.g. snail, spider etc. Your child may be able to suggest some ideas as well.’