Sharing with you today a simple activity to help build your child’s WORD AWARENESS skills.
Before being able to read words on a page children need to be able to identify words in spoken language.
A super simple way to start this is in every day conversations. Children start to understand that objects have names and those names are words. If you’re holding a book you could say something like “Here is a book, ‘book’ is a word.” Or when pointing to a chair say “There is a chair, ‘chair’ is a word.”
Word Awareness Activity
For children that have one to one counting correspondence (can count objects rather than simply rote counting), you could have them listen to a familiar page of a book or nursery rhyme and drop an object in a container for each word they hear to help build this word awareness (in this case Pom Poms).
Read or say the words slowly and keep it short and playful starting with only a page or two at first.
You can then check their answer by counting the words on the page and the number of objects they placed in the container.
If they got the number of words wrong you could say something like “hmmm I have a different number in my head, let’s check by counting together.”
I shared this activity last week in my Picture Book Walk Through on insta stories and had such a wonderful response I thought I’d put it up here too so you can refer to it again.
If you’ve got a little one like me, to help build word awareness with my daughter (2.5) I will often point to the text on a page and say “these are the words that I’m reading” and point to the pictures and say “and these are the pictures we can also read.” This has helped her recognise the difference between the two. I will also sometimes point with my finger to each word (on a page or 2) I read to help casually build this word awareness during our read alouds.
Hope this helps and let me know over on @instagram if try this word awareness activity and be sure to tag me if you do as I’d love to hear how it goes.