Tips for helping early readers

Partners Post, May 2013

Partners for Public Education, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Parent Education Network (PEN), recently offered a webinar for preschool educators, parents, and other helpful adults. Participants gained a greater understanding of phonological awareness – one of the building blocks of learning to read.

Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize that words are made up of a variety of sound units.

Studies show that phonological awareness is a strong predictor of long-term reading and spelling success, and can predict literacy performance more accurately than intelligence, vocabulary knowledge, and other factors.

Here are a few facts they learned.

Early literacy skills that are most important for later success as a reader:

  • Knowing the names of printed letters
  • Knowing the sounds associated with printed letters
  • Being able to manipulate the sounds of spoken language
    (phonemic awareness)

Homes rich in communication have an impact. Children under the age of four have heard 45 million words. In contrast, in homes that lack rich communication, children under the age of four have heard 13 million words.

Would you be interested in future webinars on this or other topics? Tell us!





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