Associating Sound with Word

I never really thought of myself as an auditory learner, but I have found that listening to someone read something aloud in addition to reading it yourself does reinforce learning. Personally, when I listen to someone speak, I listen to their pronunciation. So much so that I occasionally get distracted by how they pronounce certain words, like ee-ther or eye-ther, or sup-oh-seb-ly or sub-pose-ed-ly.

There was a group of children that I used to watch and every week we would since a popular song to get our energy up for the upcoming physical sport but also as a sitting activity right after snack time. I found that it helped some of the younger children(who could not yet read themselves) sing along if before playing the music, we took the time to say all the lyrics without any instruments playing.  The music was a crutch for some of the younger children who knew that the word sounded similar to (so they would mumble something that seemed like it) and just wait for the chorus to repeat itself. However, once we started to show the younger kids how to pronounce the words, they were more likely to sing along to the whole thing because they knew what the singer was saying, and not just the general idea of how the word sounded along to the music. That being said, some of the older kids had trouble disassociating the words from the music and would occasionally slip into singing the words instead of saying them.


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