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Reading 101 ~ Assessing Phonemic Awareness Skills ~ Part 5

on June 21, 2014

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My Favorite Phonemic Awareness Assessment Tool

My favorite resource for assessing phonemic awareness skills is the PADI (Phonemic Awareness Diagnostic Inventory) published by Covenant Education Services. Bill and Kristen Eckenwiler created an entire line of diagnostic reading assessments and make it available through their business, The Struggling Reader. These materials were created to help parents assess their own children, so specific reading deficiencies could be identified, then taught. The PADI can be used to assess a young child’s phonemic awareness knowledge whether or not they are struggling in reading.

There are approximately 30 discrete phonemic awareness skills that a child should master by the end of second grade.  The phonemic awareness test offered by The Struggling Reader is a user-friendly, but powerful tool that will allow you to evaluate your child’s abilities on 21 of the most important phonemic awareness skills.  (www.thestrugglingreader.net

I love the fact that the Test and Teacher’s Manual (or Activities Book) go hand-in-hand. Each of the 21 skills are numbered accordingly. If my child needs to learn skill 9, 14, 17, and 21, I turn in the teacher’s manual to skill number 9 and select the activities I want to do with my child. Fabulous! Here is their description of the teacher’s manual….

Once you have discovered which phonemic awareness skills your child needs to work on, this collection of activities becomes a powerful companion to the test.  Each of the 21 skills has 10 separate teaching activities designed with children in mind. There are no boring worksheets or repetitive drill here. All activities are teacher-friendly and appealing to children, with many built around kinesthetic principles to enhance learning. These powerful teaching activities come complete with word lists, picture cards, and a simple materials list for each activity. (http://www.thestrugglingreader.net/index.php/phonemic-awareness)

Some of you asked how to assess your older child to find out where they are lacking in their skills of phonemic awareness. This is the best resource I know. For those of you with preK-2nd graders, this resource will help you keep track of the phonemic awareness skills your child needs to have.

Check out this great resource and the other reading assessments the Eckenwilers have created at www.thestrugglingreader.net.

Happy Reading!

Kay

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One response to “Reading 101 ~ Assessing Phonemic Awareness Skills ~ Part 5

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for letting me know about this resource, Kim. I have a nephew who would really benefit, but unfortunately the price tag is too high for me to buy and try to use over Skype. 😦 Do you know of anything more affordable?

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