We were delighted when Anne Ayre was invited to write a guest Clickety Books blog for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.
PACEY promote high standards in childcare and early years and support their 35,000 members to help give children the best start in life. We share the same ethos and we really enjoy working with them.
With a theme of 'Top tips for using Sound Play' Anne decided to explore the use of picture books as an effective way to support sound play. They can be a great springboard for a range of extension activities that will provide lots of opportunities for related sound play.
You can read the start of her blog post here:
"Children love repetition and it helps them to build their knowledge and understanding of word meanings – to build their vocabulary.
Children also love sound play – it’s fun and it helps develop their ability to recognise and say speech sounds in different words. These are key foundation skills for success in phonics, early reading and spelling.
A picture book can be a great springboard for a range of extension activities that will provide lots of opportunities for related sound play.
Children love to hear stories again and again! A simple and interactive storyline makes it easy for children to anticipate what happens next and to join in when they hear the story again. This will provide them with lots of opportunities to hear and to practice saying new words."
You can enjoy reading Anne's complete blog post on the PACEY website here.