Phonological Awareness
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Phonological awareness is simply being aware or conscious of the sounds in words.  It includes being able to hear rhyming and to detect individual sounds and word parts.  Strong phonological awareness is an incredibly strong predictor of and foundation for reading success.  HAPPY Reading is pleased to offer materials and information to support this vitally important area of literacy development.  Our instructional materials, namely poems and readers theater scripts, come with instructions for boosting the phonological awareness of young learners as they grow into readers.

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Instructional Materials Library Free Samples
Each poem is an opportunity to help students improve phonological awareness skills, especially rhyming, simply by reading the poem. The more it’s read, the greater the benefits. For those new to reading, a four-line, level A/B poem is perfect. You’ll find a regular version (T1), a version specifically for practice (T2) and explicit instructions for educators on how to use the poem to build phonological awareness (T3). You can download and use these pages from our FREE area of the Instructional Materials Library. We recommend Al’s Apples, Pretty Ugli, Some of Each, Beck’s Long Neck and Making Music. These are all short, lively poems with cute pictures to engage students. Encourage students to place a sticker in each practice block or color in a square for each time they successfully read the poem and track each word accurately.

Very simple reader’s theater scripts provide the same opportunity to improve phonological awareness. Among the free samples on the site, consider downloading Snowball and More About George Washington Carver. Very simple scripts allow inexperienced readers to memorize the lines, and this is beneficial if they are also given support to appreciate and discriminate among the sounds of individual words, the sounds of syllables within words and the sounds of discrete phonemes. Reading and listening improve reading and listening. Scripts that allow for repeated reading provide practice that pays big dividends.

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HAPPY is pleased to recommend a wide assortment of books that make great read-alouds. Of course, we love books so much, we could marry them. But if we just read them, listeners will make strides towards greater phonological skill. Some of the books are classic, some new, some tried-and-true with readers and audiences. All our picture book, early chapter and easy reader picks come with some sort of instructional suggestion… usually related to word study. These descriptions are available while the books are still among our current picks. For archived descriptions, you must be a registered member.

For your convenience, you can buy books through the site by clicking on the icon for the store you wish to use. All financial transactions are handled by these reputable retailers. You may also click to find books in your nearest, local library. Shared reading among young learners gives them a dramatic advantage when it comes to becoming skilled readers. And we believe it is NEVER too late to read aloud with learners of any age. As C.S. Lewis said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty.” Of course, the phonological impact is most pronounced for those who are at the beginning of their reading journey.

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Instructional Materials Library
This includes instantly available downloads of thousands of pages of leveled poem and reader’s theater scripts. Material is written with content standards in mind AND to support literacy growth across the life span for learners in a variety of settings and circumstances.

On the T3 page for many dozens of level A/B through level D poems, you will find suggestions for using the poems to reinforce phonological awareness with your learners. Only members have access to the full instructional materials library via the LOGIN button.

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As a member, you receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in your e-mail to help keep teaching practices sharp and student skill sharper. Some of these tips may relate to phonological awareness.

Coming in late summer/early fall, this one of a kind resource will help you to connect real, high quality children’s literature with essential instructional goals. You’ll also be able to create text sets and identify books by author, illustrator, series, content area, reading level and much more. Searching the mine for level A and B books will help you identify books you already own that can help build phonological awareness. The BookMine is also a central place to locate new books you’d like to purchase to fit your instructional purposes. Join at today’s low price and make your HAPPY Reading experience even more of a great value for you and your students.

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