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Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate smaller sounds in words.


Part of this includes the ability to hear and create rhymes, to say words with sounds or with sections left out and the ability to put two-word sections together to make a word. Most children who have difficulty in decoding written words — the “sounding out” phase of learning to read — have trouble with this.

Fun ways to learn phonological awareness:

  • Make up silly words by changing the first sound in a word: milk, nilk, pilk, rilk, filk. 
  • Say words with a pause between the syllables (“rab” and “bit”) and have your child guess what word you are saying. 
  • Read stories with poems, rhymes or different sounds to your child.
  • Sing songs and repeat them. Most songs break words up into one syllable per note. (ex. “Mary Had a Little Lamb”; “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, etc.)
  • Pick a sound for the day. Notice it at the beginning of words and at the end of words.
  • Play with a word from a storybook: What rhymes with it? What words start with the same sound, etc?
  • Feb
    29

    Saturday Tales

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room A

    Join us for stories and songs in this fun for all-ages storytime every Saturday! *No story time on February 8

  • Feb
    29

    Winter Wonderland Tea Party

    11:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    We invite you to a frosty tea party celebrating the magic of winter.

  • Mar
    01

    Library Ladies Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

  • Mar
    01

    Teen Featured Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    No meetings required. Just read the selection.March: I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

  • Mar
    01

    Bookworm Book Club

    10:00 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    No meetings required! Just read the selection and fill out a survey.March - Still Lives by Maria Hummel