Phonological Awareness

Definition

The ability to recognize that spoken words are made up of individual sound parts.

Related Briefs

How We Learn to Read: The Critical Role of Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness involves being able to recognize and manipulate the sounds within words. This skill is a foundation for understanding the alphabetic principle and reading success. There are several ways to effectively teach phonological awareness to prepare early readers, including: 1) teaching students to recognize and manipulate the sounds of speech, 2) teaching students letter-sound relations, and 3) teaching students to manipulate letter-sounds in print using word-building activities.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading
Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Vocabulary

Related Resources

Center for Early Literacy Learning

This guide describes practices to encourage your preschooler to play with words and to notice different sounds, syllables, and words.

PhA
Just Read, Florida!

This activity gives pairs of words for children to identify rhyming words and words that start with the same sound.

PA