This book is the final book in a four part series entitled Phonological Awareness. The books have been designed to be used sequentially. It is strongly recommended that you use this book in particular together with Alphabet Knowledge.
The letters are introduced in the same order and can be photocopied into small books for explicit letter formation lessons.
Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are ready to begin explicit letter formation instruction. These skills contribute to a child’s ability to hold and manipulate a pencil, copy and reproduce shapes or letter strokes and to listen and follow directions. Ensure young children have the opportunity to participate and practice a variety of pre-writing skills in order to have the best chance of experiencing success when letter formation lessons begin.
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.