How to Teach Phonemic Awareness While Reading Bedtime Stories | Teach Reading Phonics

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Hi moms, today we will talk about Teach Reading Phonics. Helping young children develop phonemic awareness in the beginning is one of many keys for children to develop exceptional reading and writing skills when they begin attending schools. Did you know that studies have indicated that phonemic awareness is the single best predictor of reading success for small children if they begin school? Actually, studies are finding that phonemic awareness is much better than IQ at predicting the reading and spelling abilities of young children.

Most people  find out about phonics, and what it’s; however, far fewer people understand what phonemic awareness is. In short, phonemic awareness is the capacity to hear, identify, and assist the phonemes. Like, /d/, /o/, and /g/, are the patient sounds of the term “dog “.Please note, the letters enclosed in the slashes denotes the sound of the letter, and not the name of the letter. Phonemes are the smallest units of individual sounds that form a word.

Phonemic awareness is not something you’re born with, and it is an ability that’s gained through repeated exposure to listening, speaking, and reading. As parents, there are numerous different strategies you can use to simply help your children develop phonemic awareness such as playing simple word segmentation or oral blending games.

Similar to parents, we (my wife and I) read bedtime stories before we put our children to sleep, and one of the best strategies that individuals like to use to teach phonemic awareness to our children, is to mix in word segmenting and oral blending once we read bedtime stories for our kids. This is a great method, as it doesn’t take any additional time or effort, since reading bedtime stories is something you already do. So, here’s just how to begin it.

Let’s say that you’re reading a nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill”:

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a container of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

As opposed to reading each word straight through the rhyme, you are able to randomly mix in oral blending on various words in the rhyme. Please be aware: in place of using slashes “/” to denote phonemes, we’ll simply use hyphens to create it better to read. So, let’s assume that the child is very young, perhaps 2, 3, or 4 years old, and you want to start helping them develop some phonemic awareness. You can read Jack and Jill like so:

J-ack and J-ill went up the h-ill
To fetch a p-ail of water.
J-ack fell down and broke his crown
And J-ill came tumbling after.

As you will see, whenever you read the rhyme, you simply make an attempt to split up many of the first letters sounds from what, such as /J/ from “ack”, and /J/ from “ill “.As your youngster begins to understand the idea of individual sounds making up words, you can slowly increase the difficulty by breaking down each word further. For instance:


Repeated exposure of this type of word segmenting and oral blending will slowly help your youngster produce a sense and a knowledge that all word is composed of individual sounds – in other words, you are teaching phonemic awareness to your young ones during bedtime stories without them even knowing that they are being taught to! Thanks for reading this article about Teach Reading Phonics and see you next time.

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1. Cognition. 1991 Sep;40(3):219-49.
The relationship of phonemic awareness to reading acquisition: more consequence than precondition but still important.
Wimmer H, Landerl K, Linortner R, Hummer P.
University of Salzburg, Austria.

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