Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? ––by AnonymousDid it twist your tongues into knots? Okay, now slow down and say it again. This time tell it as a story. Hmmm. Didn't twist your tongue, did it? Not difficult for your child to say with you, is it...or to say as your echo, one line at-a-time. Now, it’s a story. And it still works to give practice to those ears and tongue. WOW! This is fun stuff that makes learning to read fun and meaningful. Here’s why: An alliterative poem works to immerse a child’s ears and tongue in a sound of language before the eyes are expected to read and the hands are expected to write the letter(s) that represents that sound. Try this other old familiar rhyme, "Betty Botter." (Note: Depending on the source, you will find word and line variations in these old rhymes.)
Betty Botter Betty Botter bought some butter, but she found the butter bitter. If she baked the bitter butter, it would make her batter bitter. But a bit of better butter oughta make her batter better. So she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and her batter wasn't bitter. So 'twas better Betty Botter bought that bit of better butter. ––by AnonymousWOW! If it sounds like learning to read and write could be a whole lot easier when the ears and tongue get "worked out" first...you're right. We'll look at this learning strategy more on Wacky Wednesday. For now, enjoy making up some of your own alliterative phrases and sentences, such as: Wee Willie Winkie Wee Willie Winkie wandered wearily. Peaceful paper people picked at purple pickled peas Chewing chunks of chewy cheddar cheese WOW! Tune in tomorrow for TALKing Tuesday's literacy tips!
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