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Phonological awareness skills – Phoneme matching and phoneme isolation – Ages 4–8

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Remove the confusion around phonological awareness and equip children with all the skills needed to conquer the world of words—spelling, reading and writing—with R.I.C.’s must-have new Phonological awareness skills.

This series of five comprehensive books covers all the basics for early childhood children (from four years of age) but also assists older students who are struggling with phonics and spelling. It incorporates skills that fit into any phonics or spelling program. The series emphasises oral language.

Twelve skills are presented in developmental order over the five books and include the following skills:

Book 1: Auditory discrimination, rhyming and alliteration

Book 2: Segmentation and syllabification, and blending

Book 3: Phoneme matching and phoneme isolation

Book 4: Phoneme completion, and phoneme addition and deletion

Book 5: Phoneme segmentation, phoneme substitution and phoneme reversal


The last 7 skills relate to phoneme manipulation.

The skills are presented as fun, hands-on games and activities for whole class, small group and pairs, with full instructions (including the actual words to say if required), all game/activity resources, supporting worksheets if applicable, differentiation suggestions, formative and summative assessments and answers. Literature links and suggested websites for games are also included where applicable.

The activities are predominantly oral activities for four-year-olds but are also appropriate for students who struggle with letter-symbol correspondence, those beginning to read and older children who need support. 

The games and activities are perfect for learning stations and easily managed by adult and parent helpers. They can also be used for early finishers to consolidate skills or to motivate young students needing extension.

The activities link perfectly to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Phonics and word knowledge section of the Language strand of Australian Curriculum English.

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