Imagine That! Songs for Creative Teachers

Phonological Awareness

Kristin Lems
words by Kristin Lems, parody of the song "Supercalifragilistic...." composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; lyrics c 2006 Kleine Ding Music (BMI)


I wrote this in my reading doctoral program, when asked to write a paper on this topic.


Here's a special word, it's phonological awareness Children need to practice it with frequency, not rareness If they do it long enough, they'll show reading preparedness Have you heard the word? It's phonological awareness Smart kid diddle diddle Smart diddle ay (2x) Jimmy couldn't tell at first the "go" and "show" were rhymes His teacher modeled more words and he tried it several times And once he could match sounds like that, when he heard another word, He said, "This is a cinch! It's like another one I've heard." chorus Karen had some pictures and her tutor had some tea Her tutor said, "let's find some pictures starting with a "B"" The tutor found a buffalo and Karen found a bed And soon that sleep buffalo had a big ball and some bread! What makes some kids hear those sounds while others need more time? It's kids who have been read to lots to hear those sounds just fine So if you love a kid a lot, the way to show you care Is read to that kid every day and help them to get there! You would think to teach such things, you'd need a PhD And helping kids to learn it would be way past you and me but reading Poems and singing songs and playing word games gets it done Not only does it help the kids, it happens to be fun!
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