Eversole Language and Reading Therapy
Phonemic Awareness is more than AWARENESS.
It is the FOUNDATION to Reading Success.
An early predictor of reading success is a child's ability to hear and identify speech sounds and connect these sounds to the letters they represent to make words.
Rethinking Reading Intervention
Learning to read first starts with years of practice in listening and talking.
Children then begin to connect what they hear to pictures, symbols, and letters.
Being able to hear and identify the individual sounds that make up a spoken word is the foundation to being able to associate speech sounds with letter representations for reading.
At least 15% of children have difficulty learning to read.
Overwhelming research has documented that the first foundational skill in learning to read is what is called ...
phonemic/phonological awareness - hearing and identifying the sounds that represent letters.
For many children, providing activities to help them become more "aware" of sound/letter associations, a phonological level of awareness, is all that is needed for them to make the connection to printed letters.
Unfortunately, these strategies are all too frustrating and confusing for struggling students.
PHONEMIC MASTERY - It's not just about Awareness
Here at Eversole Reading Therapy, the child first learns to hear, identify, and create words and sentences with picture symbols of each sound. These pictures were designed to specifically elicit these sounds in familiar picture contexts without abstract letters.
Sounds to Letters
Once the child masters "reading" with "sound pictures", letters are introduced along with the pictures. The sound pictures are systematically faded away until only letters are used.
Spelling charts are used to explain different letter/spelling representations for a sound.
Phonics and Reading
The child can now work towards reading for fluency and comprehension. We continue with phonics-based one on one instruction. Many students will be able to jump right into their regular school reading curriculum,