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Learning to Read Starts with the Ears

It may be surprising, but learning how to read actually starts with the ears, not the eyes. Hearing and discriminating sounds comes first, before learning alphabet letters. There are five essential components to reading instruction, but at the very foundation is phonological awareness & phonemic awareness.  So…what is the difference between phonological awareness & phonemic …

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