Mrs. Edwards, I'm not sure I understand the difference between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics. Help! How can I teach these skills to my students?
Sure, I can help you Mrs. Kennedy!
So first of all, phonological awarenesses is the understanding that spoken language is composed of sentences, words, syllables and phonemes. Rhyming is a great way to teach this skill!
Got it! I will teach my students about rhymes, then we can play some rhyming games.
Now phonemic awareness is a bit trickier. It's the understanding that spoken language/words are made up of individual sounds. So your students need to know their letters/letter sounds before they can master this!
Oh! Is that where phonics/the alphabetic principle comes in?
That's correct, Mrs. Kennedy! Your students need to learn all 26 letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds.
Awesome! There's so many fun ways to teach the alphabet.
Yes, there sure is! By reading to your students, teaching/reviewing the alphabet and letter sounds, rhyming with them, and showing them how to sound out words and write, they will become great readers!
There are so many important components! Wow!
My pleasure, Mrs. Kennedy! I can't wait to hear about the activities you do with your students to teach them these skills!