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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?
  • Jul
    15

    A Universe of Stories - Tail Waggin' Tutors

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Whether you're a new reader or just want practice, sign up for 15 minutes of read-aloud time with gentle, certified therapy dogs. Tryggur and Poppy are great reading buddies and supportive listeners! ...

  • Jul
    15

    Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Buckeye Lake

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    Do you have a question about technology? Drop by or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today!

  • Jul
    15

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

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  • Jul
    15

    FREE "picnic style" lunches this summer!

    12:00 PM @ Downtown Newark

    Anyone 18 and under can stop by the Downtown Newark Library from 12 - 1pm, Monday - Friday, for a healthy meal from June 3 through August 21. No questions asked.

  • Jul
    16

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Drop in every week for a new adventure through space. <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"> Theme: I Spy Space Table