Reading Begins with Phonemic Awareness
Building a strong foundation in phonemic awareness is the very first skill your children need to master when launching them on the path to reading. This training gives them the knowledge that words are made up of individual sounds (or what are also known as "phonemes").
The importance of mastering this skill when beginning to learn how to read cannot be understated. In their ground-breaking book, "What Reading Research Tells Us About Children With Diverse Learning Needs", Deborah Simmons and Edward Kameenui tell us there's an important relationship between phonemic awareness and reading acquisition.Be sure to use our checklist to find exactly where your child is at in reading, where any gaps may be and the right materials to use.
Additionally, there have been several published reports showing how important it is for children to develop phonemic awareness in order to become excellent readers. Chief among these, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development studied nearly 10,000 children over a 15 year period. They found this ability vital to the development of solid phonics aptitude as well as fluent and spontaneous word reading. These early childhood experts conclude that a young child's ability to say letter sounds, or deficiency thereof, is the most reliable and consistent predictor of future reading success.
Initial (or beginning) sound phonemic awareness is acquired in small children by helping them focus on the individual sound of the first letter at the beginning of words. We're not referring to the name of the character but the actual sound it makes. An example would be explaining to your youngster that the word 'dog' starts out by using the /d/ sound, and the word 'cat' starts having a /c/ sound.
A wonderful way for youngsters to master these particular letter sounds is through hearing mom and dads, instructors or even other children modeling these starting sounds and then having your child actively joining the exercise. If more schoolteachers knew about this specific primary skill, they would quickly increase their young students' aptitude for reading.
This skill can be developed in children as young as 2-5 years old using a variety of properly developed stimulating language activities. See our phonemic awareness game apps and printable booklets below.
Phonemic awareness is developed through auditory stimulation. Our products train your child’s brain to focus on the individual sounds that make up words and not the meaning of the words themselves. Children do not need to have any printed letter knowledge to become competent in this skill.
children must have the capacity to memorize along with detect the beginning sounds of words and focus on the letter sounds not remembered. An indication of adeptness of this foundational ability is your child being able to tell you that the word 'balloon' leads off with /b/, not because they simply memorized the word, but because they're able to analyze the word as well as choose the starting sound of it.
Our phonemic awareness training products ensure your young children is learning to examine the words and also declare the opening sounds.