Helping children recognize sounds in spoken words and link those sounds to letters will prepare them to read and understand words. Being aware of sounds in words is very important to reading. This awareness allows children to break apart words orally and use sounds to learn to read and write words.

The strategies and supporting activities described below are taken primarily from Supporting Your Child’s
Reading at Home
, a resource developed by REL Southeast and informed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Practice Guide titled Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.
This resource is part of a series of instructional briefs designed to help families, afterschool providers, and other
caregivers support their children’s early reading instruction while learning at home or in a hybrid learning environment.