Today in our new ‘noisy and quiet’ room the children have been busy exploring the noisy side using musical instruments and their voices. We all joined together and slowly clapped out the number of syllables in each of our names and counted how many there were. We found that most of us had two, and some of us only had one, so we decided to clap to our second names too. We discovered that most of us had three syllables in our second name’s. The children were able to recognise and clap out the number of syllables in their own names and were able to count out their friends names.
“my name has two”
“ I have three syllables in my name “
“ I am going to choose the drum”
“I am going to count my name using the maracas”
The children were learning to develop their vocabulary, pre -phonics skills, and understanding of sounds and patterns within words through play. They were able to listen and respond to instructions whilst showing respect for each other through sharing and taking turns.
“ I am going to use the big drum”
“I am enjoying playing on the big drum and making sounds”.
Why not try it at home! You could use compound words that form two words such as: sunset , hotdog, snowman or postman. To start with children just need to be able to recognise syllables by clapping, stamping or jumping for each syllable. We had lots of fun dividing words into syllables. Why not give it a try at home and let us know how you got on. Have fun playing with words!