• All kindergarten teachers at Southwest consult with the elementary speech-language pathologists on staff (Claire Bonin, Beth Dodson, and Maria Vernon) about phonological awareness. 
    Why is phonological awareness so important?
    If children understand that words can be divided into individual phonemes and that phonemes can be blended into words, they are able to use letter-sound knowledge to read and build words.  As a consequence of this relationship, phonological awareness in kindergarden is a strong predictor of later reading success (Ehri & Wilce, 1980, 1985; Liberman et al., 1974; Perfetti, Beck, Bell, & Hughes, 1987).  Researchers have shown that this strong relationship between phonological awareness and reading success persists throughout school (Calfee, Lindamood, & Lindamood, 1973; Shankweiler et al., 1995).  Retrieved from:  http://www.Idonline.org/article/6254
    Some of the activities worked on include but are not limited to:
    1.  Listening - the ability to attend to and distinguish both environmental sounds and speech sounds from one another.
    2.  Rhyme - the correspondence of ending sounds of words or lines of verse.  Rhyming is the ability to identify words that have identical final sound segments. 
    3.  Word Awareness - the knowledge that sentences consist of words and that these words can be manipulated.
    4.  Syllable Awareness - the ability to hear parts or segments of phonemes that comprise the rhythm of the word.
    5.  Phonemic Awareness - the ability to attend to, identify, and manipulate the sounds that are representative of graphemes in the English language. 
Last Modified on October 15, 2014