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One great thing you can do to help your child, or students learn more about phonemic awareness is read stories outloud to them, but do it a little differently. One time on every page take a word that is 3 or 4 letters, and say it a part at a time. Look below for an example.
Let’s say you are reading a story about Sam, cat. Here is what you will say: “Sam cat was having a very good day. First his friend gave him M . . . I . . . L . . . K. What did friend give Sam? (Child responds) Yes, MILK. Then (keep on reading.)” Important, you are saying SOUNDS in letter MILK, not Letter Names.
Once this has become easy, start reading alphabet books with child, but do each of letters, one part at a time. You will notice that this will help your child learn SOUNDS that each letter makes.
Once your child has learned these skills, s/he is ready to start learning to read! Start today! Teach your child to grow their phonic ears through these easy tips.
Sacha Luria-Smith has been recognized for her teaching success on National Public Radio and Disney radio. She has also taught middle school in Oakland, CA. She is the author ofthe website http://www.home-school-reading.com.