Phonemic awareness is the understanding that spoken words are made up of individual sounds, which are called phonemes. A child who is phonemically aware is able to isolate sounds, manipulate the sounds, blend and segment the sounds into spoken and written words. Phonemic awareness is an auditory training process. It is one of the best predictors of early reading success. Research shows that explicitly and systematically teaching phonemic awareness is central in learning to read and spell.
Because phonemic awareness is essential to later reading success, I would like to provide teachers in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade with a phonemic awareness curriculum. This curriculum is research based and simple, quick and easy to implement.