Letter Sounds

The first step in phonics is recognizing that each letter has its own sound. Once your child or students have learned their letter sounds, they are on their way to being beginning readers. Most reading programs have an animal or object associated with a letter sound....

Phonics versus Phonemic Awareness

Phonics is print-based and phonemics is speech-based. The two can be taught interchangeably. Phonics is teaching children to associate certain sounds with letters and letter combinations. Though there are 26 letters, there are over 44 speech sounds–any many more...

More on Phonemic Awareness

For many of us, reading has never been a struggle; we just learned to read and became better with practice. For me personally, I was never taught to read through a phonics based approach–I basically learned by sight. For others, however, and especially children...

Phonemic Awareness and Reading

Getting ready for reading begins way before you begin sounding out words in a story book. Did you know phonemic awareness does not involve print (that is phonics)? Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds (phonemes) in...