Phonological & Phonemic Awareness, and Phonics Essential Practice Guide
Video demonstrating I-Spy game.
Phonological & Phonemic Awareness
Children’s early exposure to sounds all happens “in the dark” meaning that you don’t need written letters or words to teach phonological skills. Even babies play with sounds when they babble - no letter symbols needed! This is the process of noticing, thinking about and experimenting with sounds in spoken words. In PreK we introduce children very intentionally to sounds using a simple I-Spy game: "I spy with my little eye something that hops and starts with 'f,f,f'. ” These are activities that help children become even more aware of the sounds of language as they play with rhyme, alliteration (See Sally swim slowly.), and sound sorting ("Which of these objects begins with ‘m,m,m’?"). Once we begin associating sounds and symbols, we enter the world of phonics.