All consonant sounds and basic phonemic
awareness skills must be mastered
(We repeat - "Must Be Mastered") by the end of Kindergarten and reviewed during the first month
of 1st Grade. If a child begins instruction on Grade 1 reading vocabulary
before memorizing the sounds made by these consonant letters, he/she will experience
heightened frustration and greatly reduced progress.
The above color worksheets use special
repetitive memorizing techniques
where are extremely effective for getting these consonant sounds memorized quickly.
Their unique design also gives students practice with important phonemic awareness skills.
The Difference in Phonics & Phonemic Awareness
While the term "Phonics" refers to knowing the sound made by a letter or letter group - "Phonemic Awareness" refers to being able to identify where that sound occurs in the word (i.e. beginning - middle or end). Phonemic Awareness is not only helpful in decoding new reading words, but is also essential for making educated guesses when spelling unknown words. Children who do not have satisfactory phonemic awareness skills will not only suffer slower reading progress, but will have considerably lower spelling skills as well.
The above index provides a link to each of our specially designed phonemic awareness worksheets. These creative activities use a highly effective visual strategy to work a little magic in teaching children phonics and phonemic awareness skills. Also, as all the worksheets concentrate on only one consonant sound (except w-x-y), it also helps with the memorization of all consonant sounds.
Attention!!, the most difficult consonant sounds to learn are -