Read a familiar book to the child.
When reading the book, the adult can stop occasionally at a word and ask the child, “Should I say, X or Y?” For example, when reading Goodnight Moon, the adult says, “Is it moon or noon?”; “chairs or hairs?”; “mouse or moose?”, etc.
The child differentiates similar sounds and identifies the right sound to use in a word.
Hearing individual sounds and distinguishing them from one another is a critical literacy skill. The child who has difficulty with this skill struggles with phonemic awareness. If this is a problem for the child, help early childhood educators and parents learn how to enunciate the sounds when they read and do sound play imitation games.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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