Sounds, sounds, sounds – Beginning reading and spelling

This is a follow-up post to last week’s post offering guidelines for teaching phonological awareness skills, starting with word and syllable awareness (Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables) Today, we move to the next phase which is sound awareness. Begin with sound blending (also known as sound synthesis) tasks.  Synthesis requires the child to hear… Continue reading Sounds, sounds, sounds – Beginning reading and spelling

Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

Last week, I outlined the phonological awareness skills necessary for children to have a firm foundation for learning phonics (pairing sounds with letters) to begin reading and spelling. Today, I’ll break it down a little further and give you suggestions on how to teach each skill. WORD AND SYLLABLE AWARENESS Begin by saying a short… Continue reading Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Reading is a visual and an auditory tasks.  Phonics, a very familiar term, refers to pairing letters and sounds to form words.  But, a skill that must be mastered prior to phonics is Phonological Awareness.  It is the missing link to many reading difficulties, especially in children who are visual learners or have auditory processing… Continue reading The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall?  Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education.  Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1:  The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group.  I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!