In some primary classrooms today there is a strong focus on Phonics instruction. I have seen numerous preschool and kindergarten programs that have swapped out phonemic awareness instruction for longer time on phonics, comprehension and writing. When talking with my colleagues it seems that lack of time, pressure for students to read earlier and an idea that phonemic awareness equals unnecessary playtime are common reasons why it has become the ugly stepsister of phonics in today’s classroom. Although I agree that phonics is important, I argue that phonemic awareness instruction as effective at developing strong readers.
To address this issue, I will be posting short, sweet, effective strategies for phonemic awareness instruction that require little preparation.