Nurturing Phonemic Awareness and Laying the Foundation for Phonics Skills

Recorded: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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A literacy-rich learning environment isn’t only about books, posters, word walls, and labeling. It’s about the comprehensive way that children experience language in the classroom. Through games, rhymes, tongue twisters, songs, and social interactions, early childhood teachers can intentionally nurture children’s phonemic awareness. As children are hearing, experiencing, and playing with the sounds of language, teachers can also lay a solid foundation for children’s later instruction in phonics.

In this 1-hour webinar, we will explore how to promote children’s phonemic awareness, from explicit teaching practices to creating a physical environment where language development is fostered and celebrated. We will explore what an early childhood classroom environment looks like as teachers intentionally prepare children for later success with phonics instruction, including ensuring that you’re still promoting developmentally appropriate practice within a comprehensive, engaging, and joyful early learning program.

Nicol Russell, Ed.D.
Vice President, Implementation Research
Teaching Strategies
Lesley Jennings
Education Consultant
Teaching Strategies
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