Phonological awareness helps children learn to read by teaching them how sounds in oral language work. For instance, this skill enables a child to:
- isolate and identify the first, middle, and ending sounds in a spoken word
- recognize which words in a set of words begin with the same sound
- segment words into separate sounds
- identify and manipulate syllables
- combine or blend separate sounds in a word to say the word
- understand that changing sounds in a word will change the meaning of the word
- identify and create oral rhymes
The skill of phonological awareness is important because once your child understands the concept of words when they are spoken, it is so much easier for him to grasp the concept of words when they are written. Engaging in phonological awareness activities is excellent preparation for learning to read and spell, because your child will learn to understand the various sounds in words and how they all work together. The next logical step is to learn the letters and letter combinations that make these sounds—and in doing so, your child will begin to read and spell.
The best way to teach phonological awareness is to engage your young child's natural curiosity and sense of fun. Young minds are eager to learn new things, and our multisensory approach to teaching actively involves them in each lesson through sight, sound, and touch. With theAll About Reading Pre-reading program, your child will play special word/sound games, listen to and create word rhymes, and enjoy 20 minutes a day of quality read-aloud time with Mom or Dad, all the while effortlessly absorbing phonological awareness, one of the critical Big Five Skills.
to see how these fun activities teach your child phonological awareness.
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