1. Critical Concepts about Phonological Awareness

Please review these important points before diving in to the games in our curriculum. You can also print a hard copy to keep as a handy reference.

  • Phonological awareness is not the same thing as phonics. It is the foundation that makes learning phonics possible!
  • Phonological awareness refers to the sounds in language. It includes phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness refers only to the sounds in words.
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    Phonemic Awareness is a subset within the larger concept of Phonological Awareness.
  • Pure phonological awareness skills can be learned blindfolded; however, young children often benefit from pictures to help them understand phonological awareness tasks and activities.
  • Always name all the pictures used in an activity before you begin teaching the lesson. This insures that everyone is using the correct word for each picture.
  • Phonological awareness skills have a developmental hierarchy that is reflected in the modules of this curriculum. Refer to the Pacing Guide to see the ages at which the various skills usually develop.
  • Blending sounds is easier for children than separating sounds. The lessons within the modules reflect this progression. Follow the scope and sequence of this curriculum—do not randomly skip around. You will get better results and less frustration.
  • Review and practice previously learned skills while learning new ones. Children enjoy playing games they already know and are good at, and they will experience less frustration.

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2. Where to Start

Refer to our Pacing Guide to get an idea of where in the curriculum you should start with your child.

Every child is different, of course, and the appropriate place to start will also depend on what schooling or training your child has already received.

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2 Responses to “Before You Start”

  1. Shandre

    What should I teach my children first, the phonics or the sight words?

    ADMIN – Hi Shandre,

    I would introduce them at the same time. Phonics gives them strategies for new words. Sight Words gives them strategies for phonetically irregular words plus speed.

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  2. Susan Connick

    Do you have a screener? What is the best way to get a baseline assessment & progress monitor?

    ADMIN – Thanks for your question, Susan. The closest screening assessment we have found that aligns with our curriculum is Two Peas in a Pod. If you access Pacing, Assessment, and Fast Track on the home page, you will find a free download of this assessment tool under 3. There are several other screening assessments listed there, as well. Please contact us any time you have other questions or comments.

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