When thinking of phonemic awareness, the expression “we can teach phonemic awareness in the dark” often comes to mind.
But phonemic awareness instruction yields some surprising findings! Phonemic awareness instruction is more effective when letters are integrated, when students work with phonemes (not larger units of sound), when instruction is in small groups, and when instruction is brief (no more than 20 hours of instruction over a school year). These findings suggest we may need to adapt commercial programs to be most in line with research.
Put Reading First is a summary of the findings from the Report of the National Reading Panel, summarized in a brief, easy-to-read comprehensive guide to evidence-based reading instruction. Intended for educators and administrators, this guide aims to improve reading outcomes for children in the early