How to Best Develop Phonological Awareness Skills

How to best develop phonological awareness skills is with nursery rhymes. Using nursery rhymes to teach phonological awareness skills is easier than you think. Making everything connect is one way because in kindergarten so many things are happening. Kindergarten takes a lot of work and brain power for learners

Best way to develop phonemic awareness skills by Teach Magically

Therefore, developing phonological awareness skills with nursery rhymes can make it easier because they are easy and fun plus many kiddos have prior knowledge of nursery rhymes.

How to Best Develop Phonological Awareness Skills with Nursery Rhymes

We connected a song with movement….to a book….to a poem….to sentences…to words…to letters!  CRAZY! One of my favorite books to read with nursery rhymes is  “The Enormous Watermelon”  because the characters in the story are from Nursery Rhymes!!  As a result, we say Old Mother Hubbard, Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, and Wee Willy Winky along with any other nursery rhymes the kiddos know.  

Saying the rhymes was something new for many of my students!  Most importantly, it’s an important way to work long and short term memory so don’t skip it! 

JUST A WARNING; kiddos that have difficulty repeating rhymes from memory may need watched for reading issues like dyslexia.

The Steps to Develop Phonological Awareness with Nursery Rhymes

Make and anchor chart! We made the anchor chart and spoke about:


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  • saying a poem or singing it
  • reading a poem
  • a poem is made of sentences
  • sentences are made of words, spaces, a capital letter, and punctuation
  • words are made of letters 
  • letters have names and sounds  

Develop Word Awareness with Nursery Rhymes

We completed a matching word sheet with the sentence that we used!  Being able to connect all of these things can be so difficult for Kindergarten students!  Actually, teaching and talking about it makes the information make sense!  It doesn’t always happen naturally!
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Develop Memory Skills

Humpty Dumpty is a favorite when combined with Jack Hartman’s  video!  Watching and dancing adds some movement to our day…plus it builds memory skills. Check out his video!

If you are interested in the Humpty Resources CLICK HERE!

Nursery rhyme dress up day

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