Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify the separate sounds that make up a word. It also includes the ability to make words with these separate sounds. Phonemic awareness is a skill that is associated with learning to read with phonics but it is a skill that can be developed independently and has other benefits as well.
Phonemic awareness is one of the most important abilities a child can have to help them improve their reading and spelling abilities. There are many studies that have confirmed that children with a high level of phonemic awareness have significantly better reading, reading comprehension, and spelling abilities compared to children who have a low level of phonemic awareness.
By developing phonemic awareness your child will also be better able to associate sounds with written letter shapes. There are many phonemic awareness activities you can do with your child to help them develop their phonetic awareness. Click here for strategies for phonemic awareness.
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