Do You Know Phonemic Awareness, Rhyming and Phonics?

Do You Know Phonemic Awareness, Rhyming and Phonics Teach Magically

Do You Know Phonemic Awareness, Rhyming and Phonics? What is the difference and how are they are related?

  • Phonological Awareness the is big idea that includes all the skills needed to be able understand and use language that you hear.
  • Phonemic Awareness is the most difficult phonological awareness skill that focuses on the individual sounds in our language.
  • Phonics is when you use letters that you see to stand for sounds.

Check out all the Phonological Awareness skills. Some skills are easier that others so more teaching time may be required.

How to compare Phonics and Phonemic Awareness?

Relationship between phonemic awareness and phonics

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics are co-dependent! Phonemic awareness is done without any letters. As soon as you add letters, you have moved to phonics.
To teach beginning readers, practice phonemic awareness at every chance and add the phonics as soon as letters are learned.

 Don’t wait until all letters are known.


First, always practice the phonological awareness skill of onset-rime orally. Practice each day for 2-3 minutes. How I practice, I would say the 2 sounds (onset-rime) and the students would clap the word.

Teacher: /b/  /at/

Students clap: bat

Once we learn a and t, we started a phonics chart. 
Eventually, we add words to make an anchor chart by adding letters to match the sounds we said! (the ch happens later in the year or if a child in the room has that in the beginning of the name…like Chase)
at anchor chart  for rhyming and phonemic awarenessTeach Magically

Eventually, students practice reading the words independently. So they were using phonics skills along with blending.
Finding the word after we blended it as a class, is a way to combine 2 skills in 1! (Great way to focus on beginning sounds!)
Combining all these skills help beginning readers make sense of reading so they are better able to focus on reading fluently for reading comprehension.
Be sure to check these skills if teaching beginning readers or older kiddos having reading difficulties.
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Debora from Teach Magically

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Unknown

    Simple but effective information, love it! Thanks

    1. Debora Marines

      You are welcome!

  2. 2 Scoops of Kindergarten

    Hi! We are just starting Seesaw and love how you are using it here!

    1. Debora Marines

      Oh, Gloria, you will love Seesaw!

  3. Unknown

    Love it! Thank you for sharing your idea!

    1. Debora Marines

      You are welcome…enjoy!

  4. CrazyCharizma

    Great ideas!

    1. Debora Marines


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