Early Childhood Development Day Care

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"Irony is discovering that the most cost-effective way to diminish low student achievement in high school occurs between birth and age five."
Lynn Fielding (Annual Growth, Catch up Growth)

  "Every child learns to read early and well, thereby reaching his or her full potential in school and life" The Children's Reading Fundation.

Phonemic Awareness to Build Early Literacy

For younger children, one of the first indications of future reading success is their ability to hear sounds and discriminate between them, this is called phonemic awareness. This is a critical skill that all children need to know as they enter kindergarten.

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made up of sounds which can be assembled in different ways to make different words. Once a child has phonemic awareness, they are aware that sounds are like building blocks that can be used to build all the different words. Phonemic awareness is the foundation for a child’s literacy development.

Although phonological awareness is not the only ingredient necessary for early reading and spelling, it is highly related to early success in these areas; a lack of ability to manipulate phonemes in words makes it difficult to learn the correspondence between letters and speech sounds, to blend sounds into words, and to perform other critical language-related tasks. 

This skill can be developed by providing a language-rich environment beginning at birth.

Early Childhood Development Day Care introduce the concept of Phonemic Awareness to the students at an early age to build early literacy skills.
Our activities to develop this skill involves rhyme, rhythm, listening, and sounds. These types of activities are used effectively towards helping children to develop phonemic awareness.

Rhyming, saying words that begin with the same sound, changing one sound in a word to make a new word, and blending parts of words to make a whole word are all phonological awareness skills that we help to develop in our students.

A kindergarten child who has phonemic awareness will be ready to talk about the sounds that letters represent, but a child who has not developed this concept will not understand that letters and spellings represent spoken sounds (Burns, Griffin, & Snow, 1999; Griffith & Olson, 1992).

Phonemic Awareness is important because it improves children’s word reading and reading comprehension and it helps children learn to spell” (Armbruster, et al, 2003).

Here some samples songs I used with my kids.

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