Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in words.
Research indicates a strong relationship between early phoneme awareness and later reading success, and it links some reading failure to insufficiently developed phoneme awareness skills. Intervention research clearly demonstrates the benefits of explicitly teaching phoneme awareness skills.
Many children at risk for reading failure are in general education classrooms where phoneme awareness training is not part of their reading program.
In Young Fives, we take time every day to work on phonemic awareness through games and activities.