Thursday, 20 June 2013

Auditory Analysis and Synthesis

Hello to all our Head Start friends and families. I hope everyone has been keeping nice and warm.  It has been great to see everyone still coming out in all their nice winter woollies. 

There are some bugs around so please be mindful of others at Head Start and put any toys that get put in mouths into the blue bucket at the back of the room, this way everyone can keep enjoying our programme until the end of term. Thank you :)

What a mouthful the title is, so what does it mean. Well auditory analysis is the ability to to identify different parts of words and Auditory Synthesis is the ability to perceive these individual sounds as a whole.  Auditory synthesis and analysis allows children to hear sounds, recognise the sound and know it's origin.  It is important for learning to read as it provides a structured analytical approach for breaking down unfamiliar words. Whew!!  This might be easier to understand........

Auditory Analysis is the ability to break down what has been heard into smaller parts. This includes breaking up words into syllables, and sounds. e.g.: elephant = e-le-phant and e-l-e-ph-a-n-t.
Auditory Synthesis is the opposite of analysis in that it is the ability to build sounds together to create meaningful words. e.g.: e-le-phant and e-l-e-ph-a-n-t = elephant.
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In class this week we broke out all the musical instruments to practise our listening skills.  Some ways we can practise these skills might be going on 'auditory walks' where you see how many different sounds you can hear - how about getting your little one to close their eyes in their buggy and see what sounds they can recognise. This is also a great time to pull out all those noisy books to listen to farmyard sounds, different tractors/trucks etc. For the older ones how about breaking down larger words into their individual sounds and see if they can blend/synthesise the sounds together to work out what the whole word is! Remember, opportunity to learn from auditory cues is all around us all the time, it is just making the most of it!!

Well I hope everyone has a good week, stay warm and we will all see you next week.

Take Care from the
Head Start Team

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