Phonological Awareness

What is Phonological Awareness? 

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear, pronounce, and manipulate sounds. Phonological awareness tasks move from easier tasks like rhyming to harder manipulation tasks like deletion, addition, or substitution of individual sounds.


Rhyme Time 

"I am thinking of an animal that rhymes with big. What's the animal?" (Answer: pig) What else rhymes with big? (dig, fig, wig) (Resource: Reading Rockets)

Rhyme Memory Match (printable) - Florida Center for Reading Research

Tongue ticklers

Alliteration or "tongue ticklers" - where the sound you're focusing on is repeated over and over again - can be a fun way to provide practice with a speech sound. Try these:

For M: Miss Mouse makes marvelous meatballs!

For S: Silly Sally sings songs about snakes and snails.

For F: Freddy finds fireflies with a flashlight.

(Resource: Reading Rockets)

Word Families

Word families are sets of words that rhyme. Start to build your family by giving your child the first word, for example, cat. Then ask your child to name all the "kids" in the cat family, such as: bat, fat, sat, rat, pat, mat, hat, flat. This will help your child hear patterns in words. (Resource: Reading Rockets)

Syllable shopping

While at the grocery store, have your child tell you the syllables in different food names. Have them hold up a finger for each word part. Eggplant = egg-plant, two syllables. Pineapple = pine-ap-ple, three syllables. Show your child the sign for each and ask her to say the word. (Resource: Reading Rockets)