Phonological Awareness

What is phonological awareness and why does it matter? Phonological awareness is an awareness of and a sensitivity to the sound structure of language. It’s a listening skill and it matters because many, many research studies over the years have shown that it’s a critical skill for children to have before they start learning to read. In fact, phonological …

12 Great Books of Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Bookshops and libraries were once full of books of nursery rhymes for kids. I have a lovely collection of books of nursery rhymes for babies and toddlers which dates back to the years when my children were small but finding a good book of nursery rhymes these days can be hard. Yet nursery rhymes and poems continue to play an important role in the learning-to-read journey …

Why Nursery Rhymes and Poems Still Matter

Nursery rhymes and poems are great fun to share with young children but did you know they also play an important role in building the foundations for learning to read? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. I didn’t know this when my children were small and today I find that most parents (and even a few fellow teachers) aren’t aware of how important nursery rhymes and poems are for little ones …