What is Phonics? Phonemic Awareness?

"Progress report says he needs phonics help. What the <%!@ does that mean?" My friend was flustered with all the ed jargon and that is completely understandable!

Here it is down and dirty along with a few ways to work on phonics and phomic awareness at home.

What is phonics? associating letters with sounds, b says /b/
LOOKING AT LETTERS AND KNOWING THEY MAKE SOUNDS
Fast Phonics  Super fun website! It is like Phonics 101! Free!
Reverse BINGO! Make cards with letters, but instead of calling out the letters, call out their sound! Oooh! Fun!
At Home Fun!  This includes magnet letters and we LOVE those!
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What is phonemic awareness? the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds-phonemes-in spoken words
YOU HEAR THE SOUNDS
Rhyming Fun! This is almost a tutorial! Hearing rhyme is super cruicial to reading success!
Blending and Segmenting Explains each, gives words to use, and FUN activities!
Plethora of Sound Fun! There is something for everyone! Scroll down and bookmark this one!  

My biggest recommendation is this....AVOID WORKSHEETS! Keep it fun!

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