•  What is Phonemic Awareness?  Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work.

     

    Levels of Phonemic Awareness

    Awareness of Rhyming Words (age 3-4)
    Is able to identify words that rhyme. For example, "Put your thumbs up if these two words rhyme, pail-tail or cow-pig?" or "Finish this rhyme, Red bed, blue ____."

    Awareness of Syllables (age 4-5)
    Realizes that words are made up of syllables. For example, "Can you clap and count the syllables or the word parts in rainbow?"

    Awareness of Onsets and Rimes-Sound Substitution (age 6)
    Is aware of onsets and rimes in words. For example, "What rhymes with /at/ and begins with /f/?"

    Sound Isolation - Awareness of Beginning, Middle and Ending Sounds (age 6)
    Identifies beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. For example, "What is the beginning sound in neck?" "What is the ending sound in jog? "What sound do you hear in the middle of kitten?"

     
     
    *ProTeacher.com
     
    Phonemic awareness is not phonics. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds-phonemes--in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work. They must understand that words are made up of speech sounds, or phonemes (the smallest parts of sound in a spoken word that make a difference in a word's meaning). 
     
     

     

     
Last Modified on July 18, 2021