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Reply To: Teaching Phonological Awareness


1. I incorporate phonemic awareness into the beginning of my ELA lessons. I use phonemic awareness as a warm up so my students are are hearing words broken into parts and manipulating sounds to create words or to change words. Phonemic awareness helps in both reading and writing. I have found that when I try to skip the 5-7 minute phonemic awareness warm-up, my students struggle more when it comes to their reading and writing. Over the years, I have found that phonemic awareness is the foundation and we must follow the scope and sequence to ensure that we are moving through the skills in a way that allows our students to build on their understanding of words and their sounds. My district currently uses 95% as the phonics curriculum. It is a scripted program that provides the the amount of time for each phonemic awareness activity, along with the specific words that should be used.

2. There are many ways to make teaching phonological awareness a multisensory event. Stomping the syllables, putting the left out out for the onset and the right hand out for the rime, touching your should for the beginning sound, elbow for the middle sound, and wrist for the ending sound, and smashing a small ball of playdough for each sound in the word are fun ways to include multiple senses.

3. I don’t have any questions at this time.