One of the first steps your child will take on their reading journey is learning to recognize letters. Before your young learner can start to sound out words, blend syllables together, or master other early reading foundations, they’ll need letter recognition skills.
What Is Phonemic Awareness?
Phonemic awareness is a concept that deals with identifying and manipulating single sounds in words, known as “phonemes”.
A phoneme is the smallest possible unit of sound in a language. Phonemes blend together to form words, and every word we use is made up of a combination of them.
What Are Sight Words?
What’s the most common word in the English language? It’s the. Imagine pausing every time you ran across this word in a book, on a poster, or in a magazine. Even the simplest texts would become grueling to read.
Letter sounds are one of the very first things your child will encounter when they begin to explore reading.
By recognizing the phonetic sounds that alphabetic letters make, your child will take their first big step toward associating words with their individual sounds, an essential tool for, when the time is right, sounding out words.
Reading aloud to your child can benefit them in many ways and is especially important for establishing a strong foundation for their learning journey. But how exactly does it help?
We’re here to explain why reading aloud with your child on a daily basis is so important. We also give you some tips on how to make sure to maximize the fun and functionality of your reading time together.