On Tuesday, March 21, LINC’s content and delivery team successfully presented Reading Begins with Hearing, the third session of LINC’s Learn N’ Play Workshops series for 4-5 year olds at PS89 in East New York, Brooklyn. These workshops are bilingual, given in both Spanish and English are met with enthusiasm from local children, like Dylan (in photo) who attend LINC programs regularly.
What makes these workshops so special? In this series, caregivers learn about the steps of phonological awareness in their native language and what it means to climb those steps or what we call the “phonological awareness staircase” that prepares their children to read.
As we say in the title of this workshop, it all starts with hearing! We are listening to words, to language, and words can be taken apart and broken into syllables. Examples include being able to identify words that rhyme, recognizing alliteration, segmenting a sentence into words, identifying the syllables in a word, and blending and segmenting onset-rimes.
Clear teaching of phonological awareness in a child’s early years can eliminate future reading problems for many students and can help anyone to decode words, so caregivers and siblings benefit too.
LINC families leave the workshops with practical ways to integrate phonological awareness into daily routines at home, making their children stronger readers and leaders for life.
To register for LINC’s latest literacy programs, visit lincnyc.org/onlineprograms. We can’t wait to read with you!