Phonological awareness is the awareness of sounds in speech, such as rhyming. Research tells us that children who have developed phonological awareness have improved reading and spelling, as well as understanding of what is being read. It is a literacy skill that involves hearing the sounds of language, rather than focusing on the meaning of the sound. For example, when you talk with your child about rhyming words, encourage your child to listen for the same ending sounds, rather than think about the definitions of the words.
Some activities you can do with your child to build their phonological awareness include: