In Phoneme Phun, the eleventh best practice brief in the Early Childhood Building Blocks series, Pat Scharer, a professor at the Ohio State University , offers many wonderful strategies for teachers to use as they help children understand fundamental concepts of phonemic awareness. She also lists many picture books for young children that support playing with nursery rhymes, songs, stories, alliteration, rhyme, the alphabet and more.
There are even more books that emphasize phonemic awareness in the Early childhood Bookshelf on the REC website. Look for "Literacy Begins with Rhythm, Rhyme, and Song," and "Playing with Words: Poetry in Preschool, Phonemic Awareness." (author/nmb).
Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition and Fluency
for Early Childhood
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Identify matching sounds and recognize rhymes in familiar stories, poems, songs and words (e.g., cat/hat, dog/frog).
Hear sounds in words by isolating the syllables of a word using snapping, clapping or rhythmic movement (e.g., cat, ap-ple).
Differentiate between sounds that are the same and different (e.g., environmental sounds, animal sounds, phonemes).
Recognize when words share phonemes (sounds) and repeat the common phoneme (e.g., /b/ as in Bob, ball, baby; /t/ as in Matt, kite, boat).
Communication: Oral and Visual Early Childhood
Listening and Viewing
Attend to speakers, stories, poems and songs.
Participate in the recitation of books, poems, chants, songs and nursery rhymes (e.g., Little Miss Muffet).