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Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in words. We know that a student's skill in phonemic awareness is a good predictor of later reading success or difficulty. Find out what parents and teachers can do to help children develop this critical literacy skill.

Refresh your classroom instruction! Try the Phonological and Phonemic Awareness module in our free, self-paced online course, Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing.

Featured partner: National Association for the Education of Young Children

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Reba McEntire

Find out what it takes to give our preschoolers the early literacy skills they need to become successful readers.

 

Fred Rogers

Find out about the early building blocks of learning to read and the importance of reading aloud.

Annette Bening

Explore how children learn the relationship between sounds, letters, and words.

Classroom Strategies

Classroom Strategies

Each strategy includes instructions on how to use, downloadable templates and examples, video demonstrations, children's books to use with the strategy, differentiation for ELLs and students with learning disabilities, and supporting research.

Professional Development Webcasts

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald