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Phonological awareness is the ability to understand how words and sounds work. Many children are taught the basics of phonological awareness, through rhyming words and learning beginning sounds. However, science has proven that children need a deep understanding of how words work to become strong readers.
Why does phonological awareness matter?
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The science of reading has proven that the brain must make connections between speech and vision to be able to read. Children need explicit instruction in both phonological awareness and phonics in order to strengthen these connections and build a strong reader. Teaching children to play with and manipulate words is a simple step that we can do to make reading and writing easier in the future, since phonological awareness and phonics belong on parallel tracks! The greater you are at hearing sounds, the easier it will be to segment and blend sounds when reading and writing.
The National Reading Panel has found that building phonological awareness benefits all types of learners, including preschool students, students in grades K-6, typically developing learners, students from all SES backgrounds, ELL learners, and children with special needs.
Around 20% of children have a phonological awareness deficit, which is directly linked to reading difficulties.
Phonological awareness begins at birth, with connections in the speech part of the brain! It is up to us to give children experiences that strengthen those connections.