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Young children learn to discriminate between the similarities and differences in spoken language. Such awareness is the foundation of young children’s abilities to hear and discriminate different sounds in words (phonological awareness)

Young children learn to discriminate between the similarities and differences in spoken language. Such awareness is the foundation of young children’s abilities to hear and discriminate different sounds in words (phonological awareness). Research indicates how quickly and how easily children learn to read often depends on how much phonological awareness they have. Children’s abilities to play with or manipulate the smallest units of speech (phonemes) are demonstrated in a variety of ways, including using rhymes, alliteration, and experimenting with beginning and ending sounds.

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