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In their natural, everyday communications, children usually concentrate on the meaning and message of what is being said. However, language has another side to it; namely, its form and structure. Children candevelop difficulty shifting attention from the meaning of language to its form which can be very difficult for children at this age or stage of language development. Listening and Speaking activities and strategies to help children to develop phonemic awareness skills can be activities such as:Clapping and TappingOne of the easiest ways to help children realize that words are made up of several sounds and syllables isto allow them to “break up” words by clapping or tapping out their syllables. When first introducing this concept, adults should model clapping or tapping. For example, a teacher can show a child that the word“balloon” has two syllables by clapping twice while reciting the word (/ba/ -clap- /loon/ -clap-). Once

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