Reception children have been busy learning about alliteration this week. They began the week by making up alliterative names for each other such as ‘Munching Monty’ and ‘Awesome Aarya’ before moving on to using construction equipment to design their aliens. Next, the children used a variety of creative materials to make aliens and thought about strange names for their creatures using strings of non-words and real words beginning with the same initial sound.
Alliteration is an important literacy concept for children to learn. It precedes a child's ability to make sound/symbol relationships. It is important that the children are able to tell you the sound they hear and then as their grapheme knowledge grows that they can identify the letter that makes the sound. Alliteration activities strengthen a child's letter-sound connections and help build a solid reading foundation when you engage them in alliterative games and activities. You can support your child at home by playing alliteration games, for example, reciting tongue twisters - “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” or collaging big letters with pictures beginning with the same sound.