Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics
Updated: 9/27/2020
Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics

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  • 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!
  • Thanks for helping me Mrs. Edwards!