Phonological awareness is a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language. Children who have acquired phonological awareness are able to clap out the number of syllables in words; identify and produce oral rhymes and can hear and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words (phonemic awareness).
Phonological awareness skills are one of the best predictors of how well children will acquire early literacy skills. Strong achievement in this area makes learning to read, write and spell a lot easier. Therefore, a focus on phonological skills and careful individual monitoring of achievements is needed to ensure successful development of early literacy skills in young children.
This book, Phonemic Awareness (Book 2), focuses on the development of skills at kindergarten level and therefore the activities are primarily oral, aural and requiring movement. An array of pictures are included that can be laminated and used for whole class demonstrations, oral games or small group instruction.
Ensure the children are exposed to repeated oral opportunities to hear and demonstrate the sounds within words that include whole body movements like clapping, stomping and jumping. The children will require room to jump in hoops, walk on stepping stones and move picture cards and counters to learn and practice the tasks.