Phonemic Awareness Lessons
The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness.(Adams, 1990)
Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds of language. These skills are essential component of effective reading and spelling instruction. All students participate in the lessons as part of the Tier 1 curriculum in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classrooms. For students in need of extra support, portions of these lessons are used in Reading Club and serve as a “second dose” of phonemic awareness instruction. Heggerty Phonemic Awareness and Kilpatrick's Equipped for Reading Success focus on teaching phonemic awareness skills of rhyming, onset fluency, blending, identifying final or medial sounds, segmenting, adding phonemes, deleting phonemes, and substituting phonemes.
For grades 1-4, we use the Read Well curriculum and supplement with activities and games.
Students practice story reading, learn vocabulary, develop decoding strategies, improve comprehension, and increase fluency. Regular assessment and flexible pacing ensure that students are successful in mastering skills taught.