What is Phonological Awareness and How to Develop It?

What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological awareness refers to an individual’s awareness of the phonological structure, or sound structure, of spoken words. Phonological awareness is an important and reliable predictor of laterreading ability and has, therefore, been the focus of much research. Phonological awareness involves the detection and manipulation of sounds at three levels of sound structure: syllables, onsets and rimes, and  phonemes. […]

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What is Phonemic Awareness and how to develop it?

What is Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness is a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word “cat” into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness. The National Reading Panel has found that phonemic awareness improves children’s word reading and reading comprehension, as well as helping children […]

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Starskills Animal Early Learning Program Overview

Starskills Animal Early Learning Program Overview Included with each Starskills Early Learning Program is an overview. This overview is a simple layout of what to focus on each week. It is simple for parents, leaders and educators. Teachers can include this in their programming but also be attentive to the needs of the children through […]

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Homemade Playdough Kit

My children and I made a homemade playdough kit that gets a lot of use. Here’s what we put in our kit to help give you some ideas for your own kit. Everything goes into a large plastic or tupperware container that’s big enough to hold the following: 1 or more rolling pins 3 or […]

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