Phonemic Awareness - What is it? Why is it important?

Updated: Mar 17, 2019

Have you ever wondered how a word is put together?

Do you lay awake at night trying to figure out why a word is spelled a certain way?

Are you concerned when the letters in a word change positions that it actually changes the meaning of the word?

Probably NOT.

You know that you can unlock any word you encounter, either through a basic understanding of how words are put together, from contextual clues or you have just simply memorized the word.

Whatever system you use its so automatic that you really don’t pay much attention, right?

Reading is EASY.

BUT for a child who struggles to read because each word has to be sounded out or for those words that can’t be sounded out, must come from their memory, reading is quite tedious.

Who wants to do something that is hard ALL OF THE TIME, right?

Reading is DIFFICULT.

For the next couple minutes, I want to unpack the underlying structure of a word.

I know, I know. This sounds like it could be a really boring blog post.

But what if I could make it interesting, and give you those aHa! LIGHT BULB moments?

Maybe shed a little light on why knowing the structure of a word makes all the difference in understanding how to tackle it.

I’m Jean Harville, founder of Private Reading Tutoring. </