Arrival at school brings many new experiences, perhaps most importantly, the experience of learning to read. The activities in this book are designed to strengthen your child's phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Children need to have a strong understanding of spoken language before they can understand written language. Phonemic awareness focuses on the sounds used to form spoken words; phonics instruction associates sounds to written symbols (i.e., the alphabet). Together, they help children develop word-recognition skills, namely the ability to "sound out" unknown words. Mastering sound-symbol relationships gives beginning readers the confidence and ability to decode new words. To become skilled readers, children must internalize these sound-symbol relationships in order to read words without having to sound them out letter by letter or part by part.
Whether students need extra practice with grade-level skills or a head start on next year, Stick Kids Workbooks offer engaging activities, games, and puzzles that help make learning lots of fun. Each 56-page book features full-color activities, a list of the skills, and an explanation of why those skills are important for development. Also included are helpful tips, an answer key, a handy tracking sheet, and appearances by the lovable Stick Kids!