The preparation for reading appeals to all the senses. It is a cross-modal activity. It sounds like a lot of fun.
Teachers help children become more aware of the phonemes within words through a sort of armamentarium of opportunities — such as nursery rhymes that enhance a child’s ability to hear and segment the rhymes and alliterative structure of words, and little “instant games” in which clapping, writing, and dancing bear out the sounds in words.
From the passage, “When ‘Cat’ Has Three Sounds, None of Which Is ‘Meow’: Phonological Development” from the book Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf.
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