1. Phonemic Awareness Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the following 110 games, arranged in an order that’s research-supported and classroom-proven to lead to successful reading. Each game builds on the skills taught in the previous games, and the children should be confident on each of the previous lessons before they move on to a new lesson.

Children who complete this pre-reading curriculum will have a strong foundation for learning to read and will be ready to start a traditional reading curriculum of phonics and sight words.

NOTE: Be sure to consult our Before You Start page and our Pacing & Assessment page before you dive in!

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1a. Phonological Awareness — Sounds in Language

1b. Phonemic Awareness — Sounds in Words

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2. Lessons

Each lesson takes approximately 15 minutes and is most effective when taught to children individually or in small groups (2-5 children). Use your lesson time to present one new game, and possibly devote 5 minutes at the end to review an activity the child has already mastered.

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3. Confidence Builders & Extensions

Every child is different and will move through our curriculum at a different pace. A child who breezes through the Rhyming games may struggle with Compound Words, while another child will struggle with Rhyming but master the Compound Words activities very quickly.

Many of our activity pages feature recommendations for adjusting the activity to the needs of your particular child or classroom:

  • Confidence Builders make the game a little easier for struggling students.
  • Extensions offer extra challenges for children who have already mastered the main activity.
  • Variations suggest options for changing up the game a little to add variety.
  • Group Variations offer tips for scaling up from an individual child to a group of children.

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4. Lesson Schedule

Our Curriculum is specially designed and organized to lead your child from toddlerhood to full readiness for reading. Go through all the activities in order, making sure your child has a good handle on each one before you move on to the next.

Print out our Phonemic Awareness Pacing Guide for suggestions on how to focus your lessons for children of different ages. When your child reaches the end of our program, he/she will know all the letter sounds and will be well on his/her way to learning to read!

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5. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old does my child need to be before I start teaching him Phonemic Awareness?
A:
The Phonemic Awareness curriculum is generally recommended for children who are three to five years old. Some of the Listening activities can be done with a child as young as two, but only if the child is a willing participant.

Q: How long will it take to go through the entire Phonemic Awareness curriculum?
A:
Again, this depends on your particular child or group of children. The average time, for typical four-year-old children, is ten months or one school year.

Q: All the pages have scripts for how to do each activity. Do I really need to follow the script exactly?
A:
We have worked hard to develop scripts that will make each activity go as smoothly as possible. Our scripts use age-appropriate vocabulary and terminology. We strongly recommend that you not add much to the script, particularly extra words that “clutter up” the activity and confuse or distract the child from the task at hand.

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15 Responses to “Phonemic Awareness Curriculum”

  1. Cleo

    Wow, I am sooooo blown away by the sheer amount of activities, variety, depth and complexity that went into creating the sequence for this curriculum. The fact that you choose to share these amazing resources FREE OF CHARGE is also mind blowing. I am a seasoned veteran with 13+ years instructing ESL Early childhood students and I have never encountered a curriculum like yours. You ensured that all areas of literacy development were covered in a fun hands-on multi-sensory progression of skills. This is my new small group phonics go-to resource this year!

    I am so excited to have stumbled across this resource!! ♡♡♡♡ I am going to spread the news through my social networks and on my campus.☆☆☆ This curriculum is not only great for educators in a formal setting, but also home schoolers, tutors, parent volunteers, and parents who are looking for a comprehensive and easy to implement resource. You have ensured that quality instruction is accessible for all students by creating and sharing this resource. THIS IS A 5 STAR PRODUCT ☆☆☆☆☆.

    I can’t wait to print and compile them in a binder and literacy bags. After the students master the skill, they will independently use them in literacy workstations independently and cooperatively in groups as well. Thank you for the treasure trove of blessings once again.

    Cleo Jones
    Briargrove Elementary

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  2. GL

    Wow! I’m an SDC teacher, and I can’t wait to start using these in my classroom. They seem like perfect activities to help my kids to start thinking about sounds and sentences. Thank you SO much for the free resource; feel like I’ve hit the jackpot today. 😀

    ADMIN – Hi GL,

    So happy to hear that the lessons and materials were useful. Stay in touch.

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  3. Fouzina

    A wonderful site with so many materials. Thanks a lot

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  4. Patricia

    I love your site! It’s fantastic and has so many useful resources!
    Thank you!

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  5. Chantal

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing this, especially for free! I have been searching for a good pre-school curriculum to help my 3 yo. get ready for reading. I am so excited to start this tomorrow with him. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  6. Lori Armon

    I love this website. I am a pre-k teacher, but am also almost done with my masters in reading, and I am in the process of using some of these things in my classroom and in my tutoring sessions that I do for my master classes. I will certainly share this website with my pre-k friends and my reading classmates.

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  7. Jenny P.

    I’m a homeschooler that just stumbled on this site. Don’t know how long you’ve been around but this is a god-send!!!

    I love how organized and simple the instructions are for each activity, and of course that it’s all free! The editable materials especially.

    I mean I don’t know what else to say! I’m speechless! THANK YOU!

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  8. Crystal M.

    I love your site! It has so many fantastic activities, games, and wonderful word list. I will definitely use this site in the fall with my first grade classroom. Thank you so very, very much.

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  9. Hazel

    Your site is awesome!!! I have spent hours just going through all the resources you have shared…and just can’t wait to share it with my teachers. Love the technique of teaching Sight Words. THANK YOU.

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  10. Rosa

    You site appears to have all we need to introduce our students to sound, words and reading; best of all it’s free.

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  11. PRECIOUS S MARUAPULA

    Your site is marvelous. it has so many interesting activities which are very good for children. I’m doing my Masters in reading. I am looking at the abilities of grade one children who have been to preschool. Thanks for helping me to finish my Masters.

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  12. Pam

    All of this material is so clear and extremely user-friendly. I work with early primary students with specific learning disabilities. Thank you for this wonderful website.

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  13. hayley

    THANK YOU soooo much for this incredible resource. I have started at an NGO ( non -profit) school we had no Resources and now thanks to this wonderful site we have a whole lot of resources. Thank you for sharing this . The fact that this site is free is amazing.

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  14. Soraya Quezada

    Aww! I am a beginner English teacher teaching it as a second language. At first I was driven extremely crazy, trying to successfully plan a lesson. I worked in ESL for two years in a private school, but at the end of my second year I was give the sack because I couldn’t succeed in lesson planning. These ideas and games were exactly what I needed, so I can spend my time on teaching instead of lesson planning. Thanks a million!

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  15. Carolyn Pearlingi

    This site has been very useful for my classroom. Thanks

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