This term the speech pathology team has been excited to have two opportunities to share with teachers and staff some new information about phonological awareness.
Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sound parts in the language. These parts can be as big as a syllables like ca-ter-pill-ar or as small as individual sounds such as the sounds in cat – /c/- /a/ -/t/. Having good phonological awareness skills supports children when they are learning to read and spell.
At the Fremantle LDC, teachers provide explicit teaching around breaking words into sounds and blending sounds together to identify words. However, more recent research suggests that being able to manipulate sounds in words (i.e. taking sounds or sound parts out of a word and replacing it with another is really important for helping children to recall and recognise words when reading. Over the next semester the teachers and speech pathology team will be working to introduce some manipulation tasks into our Phonological Awareness program.
These are some of the tasks we will be doing. It begins with lots of demonstrating by the adult using blocks to represent each of the sound parts until eventually the children can do it on their own in their heads without the use of concrete objects.