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Caribbean Journal of Education

The Use of Rhymes and Jingles to Improve Phonemic Awareness: A Foundation for Early Childhood Literacy Development in Belize

Publication Date: 
July 2021

Phonemic awareness is considered by many educators to be the critical fundamental tenet for childhood literacy. However, the challenging aspect of teaching young children is to teach in such a way that it becomes fun-filled, memorable, and relatable for them, thus ensuring lifelong learning. The results of this study showed that nursery rhymes and jingles could improve children’s phonemic awareness in an ethnically diverse setting. This new-found information has significant implications for the way teachers teach students to read, as it is evident in this action research that teachers need to find more innovative and engaging ways of teaching early childhood learners how to read.

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