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The Key to Unlocking Reading: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Marleigh Gilyard Oct 30, 2023 9:44:57 AM

According to the Science of Reading, mastering phonological and phonemic awareness is the key to unlocking the world of reading. This is especially true in special education settings, where students might struggle with recognition, comprehension, and word decoding. These foundational skills are essential for students as they pave the way for successful literacy development.

Phonological Awareness

Building the Foundation

Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize, count, and manipulate the larger sound structures within words. This includes identifying syllables, rhymes, and onsets and rimes. Developing phonological awareness is like constructing the building blocks of reading comprehension. It helps students break words into manageable chunks, making it easier to decode and understand text.



Phonemic Awareness

Fine-Tuning the Skill

Phonemic awareness takes this one step further by focusing on individual sounds, or phonemes, within words. It's the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the smallest units of sound. Students with strong phonemic awareness can break words into their constituent sounds and blend them back together. This skill is crucial for decoding unfamiliar words, spelling, and reading fluency.


The Importance in Special Education

In special education, the emphasis on phonological and phonemic awareness is even more critical. These skills provide struggling readers with a solid foundation upon which to build their reading abilities. By breaking down words into manageable components, students can overcome reading difficulties and learn to enjoy the process of learning to read.


Developing these Skills Set Students Up for Success

Phonological and phonemic awareness lay the groundwork for Phonics, a fundamental aspect of reading instruction. Phonics involves understanding the relationships between letters and sounds, and it's a key component in special education programs. These skills are pivotal for early intervention, ensuring that students receive the support they need to thrive in the world of reading.

Phonological and phonemic awareness are the stepping stones to reading success, particularly in special education settings. RoboKind Phonics incorporates strategies for mastering these skills and equips students with the tools they need to become confident and capable readers. This helps break down barriers to literacy and unlock a world of knowledge and opportunity for students.

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-Sheri Sumpter, SPED Teacher at Montour Elementary uses RoboKind Phonics to support her student in developing phonological and phonemic awareness

Strategies supporting phonological and phonemic awareness are embedded into RoboKind Phonics- learn more about how the program aligns to the Science of Reading!

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