Phonological/Phonemic Awareness FAQs
Phonological/Phonemic awareness is the foundation that must be solidly established before the child starts learning to read letters and words.Q: My child is doing a great job with these activities! How much praise should I give her after each correct answer? A: Actually, very little. Gushing praise (“You are so smart,” a high five, “That’s wonderful!”) can be a major distraction to a young child with a short attention span. By the time you’ve finished praising her, she’s totally forgotten what she learned! Stick to a simple affirmation of a right answer (“Correct,” or “That’s right”), and then continue with the activity. Similarly, if the child gives a wrong answer, point out the mistake and the correct answer in a simple, direct manner. You’re not being mean, you’re just staying focused! Q: All the games and picture cards are in color, but I only have a black-and-white printer. Do I have to pay for color printing to do these activities? A: No, a color printer is not necessary. Our experience has shown that children respond just as well to the images when they are in black-and-white as when they are in color. NOTE: A few of our picture cards are for color words (e.g., pink, blue, red). These cards will need to be colored in with a crayon or marker if they are not printed in color.
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