Developing phonemic awarenes part 2

Last time, we talked about phonemic awareness. In this part, we’re going to discuss a bit on how you can help your child develop phonemic awareness. Just to recap, Phonemic Awareness is defined as the ability to identify, hear, and work with the smallest units of sound known as phonemes.

One of the best ways to help your child develop phonemic awareness is through practicing “blending”. Being able to blend and segment words helps children to read and spell. According to the National Reading Panel, blending helps children develop reading skills where printed letters are turned into sounds which combine to form words.

Start blending practice with some ear training with your child. Simply take words from your everyday speaking to your child and include blending sounds into your sentences. For example, if you wanted to ask your child to drink his milk, you could say:

“Joe, d-r-i-n-k your mmmiillllk.” The words drink and milk are sounded out slow and “stretchy”. 

The level of sound separation can be set by you to increase or lower the difficulty. Thus, if Joe has a tough time figuring out that d-r-i-n-k means drink, you can lower the difficulty by blending the word as dr-ink instead.

Below are some sample words which you can use to play blending sounds activities with your child.

  • J-u-m-p   J-ump   Juuuuummmmp
  • R-u-n   R-un   Rrrrruuuuunnn
  • S-i-t   S-it   Sssssit
  • S-t-a-n-d   St-and   Ssssstaaaannnd
  • M-i-l-k   M-ilk   Mmmmmillllk
  • S-t-o-p   St-op   Ssssstooooop

Our Magnificent Kids Reading Program is designed to help you easily teach your child to develop exceptional reading skills. It will allow you to help your child develop phonemic awareness and reading fluency through the step-by-step lessons contained in our program. Simple, effective, and the results you will see are real.

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