The votes are in! Last week you all voted and told us that you wanted more resources around Phonological Awareness. For the entire month of February we will be providing information, tips and Freebies centered around just that. Our first Freebie is our Phonological Awareness Skill Development Checklist.
Phonological Awareness is the all encompassing term for how our students are processing sounds within words. This can pertain to segmenting, auditory discrimination, rhyming, blending, etc. These skills are crucial for students to learn as they are the building blocks for reading as well as spelling.
PA Skill Development Checklist
While all of the individual pieces of Phonological Awareness are important, we found that we were having a difficult time tracking where our students where at with each individual skill. We developed this easy to use checklist to help us stay organized and we know that it will help you too. This is a great tool for both teachers and interventionists that work with students of all ages. (If you read our blog on Tuesday you will know why this is crucial for older students. If you haven't read it yet, you can find it here).
How We Use It
The checklist tracks 12 different skills (everything from sound discrimination to phoneme manipulation). There is a box to track the date the skill was introduced, and a box to track when it was mastered. We use the rule that a student must be able to complete each skill without support over the course of three consecutive sessions, for us to consider it mastered.
What Complication Will Likely Come Up, and How We Handle It.
As much as we would love our students to be able to always apply a skill correctly over 3 consecutive sessions once we introduce it, we know that this is not always the case. Our students need our support in learning these different skills and we want you to feel empowered as an educator to help your students get there. If a skill doesn't seem to be sticking, you may need to take a different approach, or add in additional supports to your lesson. We will be releasing a new resource for you to try every Friday this month.
What You Need to Do.
Well rats, this freebie has expired, but not to worry we have lots of great Phonological Awareness activities coming your way. If you are looking for more games and activities to support your Phonological Awareness Instruction, we have countless resources in our Members Only Library and on Teachers Pay Teachers. As mentioned earlier, every Friday in February will be dedicated to sharing more of our favorite PA resources with you! Check out this week's freebie!