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Reading 101 ~ Phonemic Awareness ~ Part 4 ~ Older Students


What About Older Students?PA Part4

This question was asked several times last week.  Older students who lack a firm grasp of phonemic awareness need to be taught these important skills or have a thorough review of them until mastery is achieved.  The same things you teach to a young child can be taught to an older child as well.  Remember, it’s all done orally, so there are no “kindergarten” texts or worksheets to make them feel badly for having to review or learn these foundational skills.  I mentioned in the introduction that phonemic awareness activities are a big part of an intervention plan for those diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. These activities are for any age. Though maximum benefit is achieved by learning these skills early on, they will help a struggling reader at any age.

The next post in this series will address how to assess your child’s phonemic awareness skills. Stay tuned! 

Happy Reading! Kay

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Phonemic Awareness & Phonics Activity for Early Learners

Phonemic Awareness & Phonics activity


Just saw this on All About Learning Press! Fabulous activity for little ones to introduce them to letters and sounds. I thought since this goes great with the blog series I am doing, I would post it for you to see. I am affiliated with All About Learning Press because I use and recommend their curricula, so if my “tech-challenged” brain did this correctly, this is an affiliate link. 🙂 However, this is a free download. Even better!

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Reading 101 ~ Phonemic Awareness ~ Pt. 3

Reading 101 PA picThree most important phonemic awareness skills

There are many phonemic awareness skills and while each one is important, research shows that three skills are of primary importance. They are isolation, segmenting, and blending.

Isolation means being able to hear individual sounds in words, to isolate each sound, or to hear each sound in isolation. “Sun” = /s/ /u/ /n/

Blending, of course, is putting sounds together. “What does /s/ and /u/ say together?” /su/  “Now, what does /s/ /u/ /n/ say together? ~ sun!

Segmenting is breaking the word down into syllables. [Doctor = doc  tor]  Children easily pick up on clapping syllables. For example, elephant has three syllables. Clap and say a syllable each time you clap: el ~ e ~ phant. Another way I taught children to segment was to put their thumb on their chin. Each time your chin goes down, it’s a syllable.

Sounds very simplistic doesn’t it? Yes, it does, but look farther on down the road. Every syllable in our language has a vowel. If a child can segment a word into syllables and they know each syllable needs a vowel, can you see how that would aid in spelling? Also, the brain remembers “segments” of words and will recognize those segments to read new words.  Segmenting a word into syllables can aid tremendously in reading and spelling. Looking down the road a bit can help us realize why those seemingly simplistic skills, that seem like optional fun, really are the building blocks of tomorrow’s successful reader.

Keep laying that foundation, Mom! You’re doing a great job!

Happy Reading!


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Kindergarten Readiness – Teach Your Child To Write Her Name


One of the skills a child is expected to know in kindergarten is how to write his name. Here are a few tips when you teach your child to write his name:

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