Learning to read is a challenge! This challenge is due in part to the structure of our English language. Words such as “rough”, “cough”, “through” and “bough” all contain the same /ough/ pattern, but each word is pronounced quite differently. It is no wonder that many children have a difficult time learning to read!
We all know that words are made up of speech sounds (phonemes) and the awareness of the speech sounds in words is the foundation for learning to read. Beginning as early as the age of four, children can learn the sounds of our language through language play known as phonological awareness.