Phonological Awareness Activities
When working with students we want to be sure that each of these skills are intact or remediated. It's easy to think that your older students already have all of these skills in place (especially the skills listed higher on the list) but you might be surprised. Check out our blog on this concept here.
We use the Phonological Awareness Progress Monitoring Assessment to identify all areas of difficulty for our students and then make sure we are hitting on each of these components within our lessons.
We will be building out this additional library in order for you to feel confident you have materials you need if your student is struggling in any of these areas.
Breaking sentences down into individual words. Coming February 2018!
Depending on your student's specific difficulties there are many "Minimal Pair" activities out there that will allow you to provide students two words orally and then simply as the student if the words are the same or different.
Check out one of my favorite lists here at Home Speech Home
Rhyme Recognition & Production
Check out our blog here on how to support students who can't hear the rime in the rhyme (pun intended). And we have a quick video with Kelly over on FB Live if you wanted to see what this looks like. Download some fun rhyme recognition and production task cards here!
This is where we can take those rhyming skills to the next level and using them to help students begin decoding and encoding more effectively. Activities coming soon!
This is a critical skill in beginning spelling. We have TONS of sound isolation activities in all of our Story Book Units (available in the Beginner Resources Member Library) and recommend using these fun books to help support this early skill. Activities for older students coming your way soon!
Syllable blending is a necessary skill because most students cannot retain more than about 5 sounds in their working memory. This means they need to chunk words into syllables and sound each syllable out individually before blending them together. Resources coming February 2018!
Syllable segmenting is important for the same reason as syllable blending is important except that it is going to support a student's spelling as opposed to reading skills. Resources coming February 2018!
Phoneme blending is the most necessary skill for reading. If a student cannot hold sounds in their memory and then blend them together they will never be able to use a phonetic decoding strategy in order to read. If they cannot use a phonetic decoding strategy they will have to rely on visual memory which will not support students long term. Resources coming February 2018!
Phoneme segmenting is important in the same way phoneme blending is important but for spelling. Are you catching the pattern? :) Blending is necessary for reading, segmenting is necessary for spelling! Resources coming February 2018!
Phoneme Deletion & Phoneme Manipulation
Clearly these are the most complex phonological awareness skills. When we think of what this looks like we think about practicing some Pig Latin with our students. Do you remember Pig Latin?! For some it came so easily and for others it was a nightmare! You can imagine if you had struggles with phoneme manipulation that skill would be terribly difficult. Check out this cute little tutorial and consider jumping in with your students for a little fun :)