Thursday, December 9, 2010

Make your own instruments and build listening skills

Can you hear that sound?
What can that sound be?
I hear a tambourine.
Listen, now, carefully.

Tyson, Logan and I have been singing this song lately as we experiement with different items in our sounds basket. We sing it to a so-mi tune. Think na-na-na-na-boo-boo. This interval between sounds seems to be easy for children to learn.

I even made this tambourine for Logan to play while we sing our song. (I was going to have Logan make it but it was way too hard!)

We've been listening to a lot of homemade musical instruments and trying to hear the difference in the sounds they make.
The ability to distinguish sounds will help your child as he grows into a reader.
Michelle at Beginning Reading Help has a weekly post on phonological awareness. I found this Bee Ready to Read site through her. It has many phonological awareness activities- including this list of ways to Develop Listening Activities- the first step in promoting phonological awareness.
See more posts on phonological awareness:
Developing Phonological Awareness
Developing Listening Skills through music

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  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog. Ready, Set, Read is on my blog list in the side bar of Beginning Reading Help. I saw the title of this blog post and knew you were sharing a way to build phonological awareness. Love it! I'm sharing a Holiday rhyming book read by the author this Friday for Phonological Awareness Friday.

  2. What a great activity. This would be perfect for my three year old. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh! I love all things hand made and your tambourine is brilliant - simple, but effective. Perfect!

    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up

    Hope to see you there!


  4. We love our intruments here, but don't really have that many homemade ones. What we did do last week is pull out the cd from our old "music" classes, and the memories that flooded back! I really do think that kids need music in their lives and develop so much better in so many ways when they do.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. I love your homemade instruments! What fun! JDaniel loves to make things into drums.

  6. Home-made instruments are so much fun for the kids. For some reason, kids always like making noise! LOL

  7. Found you on the blog hop! I'm your newest follower!

    Very creative!

  8. I found you on the blog hop and am following now. Your homemade instruments look like fun. We've made a few and plan to do more sometime.

  9. oo love these activities!!! Sammy would love the tambourine. We will have to make one :-)

  10. Lucy's hopping! Come on by when you get a chance.

  11. What a great way to help young children learn to distinguish sounds! Auditory awareness is an important part of Montessori education, and this is such a fun way to help develop it!

  12. Hi there, I'm blog hopping today! I'm a new follower - I found you on Home Grown Families. I have a food blog that is geared towards making healthy and fun kids lunches, and I'm a 'Blog of Note'. I hope you'll follow me back -


  13. We sing, dance and play with music (especially percussion instruments) a lot. There is so much joy in children playing with music.