Alphabetic Knowledge and Phonemic Awareness. A hands on approach. By Patricia Dickens. Objectives. Participants will be able to explain why it is important for young children to learn the alphabet letter names and sounds.
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A hands on approach
By Patricia Dickens
In order to understand the importance of alphabet letter knowledge and phonemic awareness, we will read excerpts from some research articles and have a jigsaw activity. Each group will have an article to read and discuss in your group. Create a poster that highlights the main ideas from the article. Finally each group will explain what they thought was the most important facts from their article.
Letter sounds must be taught correctly for phonics instruction to be effective. It is very important to be careful to pronounce consonant sounds properly. We will view a short video about how to pronounce these sounds.
An idea for a hands on way to have children practice letter formation is from Lakeshore. The large letters become “roads” and the children “drive” the little cars over the road. To add an auditory aspect the child can say the letter name and sound as she drives the car over the “road”.
The remainder of this session will be available for you to prepare one of the activities I have modeled for you.