Phonemic Awareness Activities
— Cognitive Skills Development
Phonemic Awareness Activities — Crucial for Reading Success
Phonemic awareness activities help young students hear and manipulate sounds in the English language. Phonemic exercises involve analyzing the sounds of language and how these sounds make up words and sentences.
Phonemic awareness activities are crucial for young children, since the research clearly shows that children who develop phonemic awareness and letter-sound experience at an early age are more likely to be proficient readers throughout life. Successful reading requires that children be able to (i) recognize the individual sounds of speech, (ii) blend and segment those sounds effectively, and (iii) associate those sounds with the appropriate letter codes or symbols.
Phonemic Awareness Activities — Hearing and Blending Individual Sounds
Students develop many key cognitive skills through phonemic awareness activities such as singing nursery rhymes, playing word games, and reading simple sentences out loud. When it comes to phonemic awareness, learning our “ABC’s” is not nearly as important as learning the letter sounds (phonemes) that correspond to the letter names.
Reading, spelling, and writing require students to use specific cognitive skills to recognize, isolate, and divide sounds. This process is very different from how children initially learn to speak. For example, a young child eating his crackers might hear his mom ask, “Howizyorsnak?” To the developing child, it sounds like one word instead of isolated sounds in multiple words forming the question, “How is your snack?”
Phonemic awareness is the process of hearing and blending individual sounds (phonemes) into full words and phrases. Without strong auditory processing skills, identifying the individual sounds can be extremely difficult. Phonemic awareness activities are key tools to help your child get the right start in the reading and learning process.
Phonemic Awareness Activities — The Power of Processing Sound
At LearningRx, we understand that phonemic awareness activities are crucial to overall cognitive skills development. That’s why we’ve spent nearly 20 years developing and testing phonemic awareness activities that achieve tremendous results with our students.
Our phonemic awareness activities start with basic segmenting, blending, and sound analysis exercises. Children are trained to segment words into isolated phonemes and blend those isolated sounds into words. Encoding (spelling), decoding (reading), and writing exercises are used to make the phonemic code (and the reversibility of the code) clear. Nonsense words are used so children don’t rely on their memory of known words. Children who struggle with sound differentiation and word pronunciation get more activities and exercises at the sensory level, including how parts of the mouth (jaw, teeth, tongue, lips, and vocal chords) interact to form individual sounds.
Phonemic Awareness Activities — Dramatic and Lasting Results
By using a unique set of phonemic awareness activities, LearningRx trains students for rapid, automated mastery of reading and spelling. Practical learning improvement is dramatic and lasting. When you’re ready to tackle learning through cognitive skills such as phonemic awareness, please contact a LearningRx Center in your area. You’ll learn more about our assessment and training programs and how they can quickly improve the life of your student.