Phonemic awareness is the ability for students to hear and manipulate sounds. It is a precursor to reading, but does NOT involve any reading of words in print. Studies support that a young reader’s ability to manipulate the sounds heard is an indicator of early reading success.
From 1997 – 2000, the US Department of Education formed the National Reading Panel. The purpose of the panel was to determine the most effective way to teach reading. They reviewed over 100,000 reading studies to make their evaluation and put forth a recommended plan. Their plan is known as the BIG FIVE.
Knowing the consonants is the easiest part of learning to read. A “p” says p and a “t” says t. But those vowel sounds can be very tricky! Most early readers get the beginning consonant sound, and then they guess at the word because they don’t know the correct vowel sound. Does this sound familiar?
Brrrr!!! It’s cold out there! This winter weather can have many families cooped up inside, and sometimes a change is in order during these longer winter months. Here is a fun way to incorporate reading without actually using a book!