Early Literacy Experiences Set The Foundation Of Learning For Students

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Early literacy experiences set the foundation of learning for students. Strengthening literacy skills, particularly language and word recognition are essential to the growth in literacy. The pre-school years can provide rich experiences in early reading. All encounters with language are prime examples of early literacy exposure, for example, reading to the child, the child observing others read, recognizing letters, and listening stories. These experiences are so critical to pre- reading, that students who enter school from homes that are not afforded these experiences, begin the school experience behind that of their peers. Strategies to Promote the Development of Phonological Awareness Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds. This awareness of sounds develops gradually over time. The child learns to differentiate the smallest unit of sound and put them together to make other words. As stated in ERIC, 2012, “phonological awareness training can involve various activities that focus on teaching children to identify, detect, delete, segment, or blend segments of spoken words, i.e., words, syllables, onsets and rimes and phonemes” (para. 2). There are many activities that promote the development of phonological awareness. Puzzles are a good example of a pre-reading activity that promotes phonological awareness. Through puzzles, the child will experience pre-reading concepts such as big/small, straight/round, and middle/end. As the child play with the
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