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Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers (PreK-2)

Do you find yourself struggling to find effective strategies for teaching the foundational skills of reading? This online course focuses on developing a child’s phonemic awareness to prepare him or her to be a successful reader. The course begins with phonemic awareness assessment options. Based on the assessment results, the teacher can determine which strategies are most appropriate for each student. Instructional strategies presented in the course include: blending, rhyming, alliteration, onset and rime, syllable segmentation, and many more. Teachers will also be introduced to the connection between phonemic awareness and writing. Teachers will also learn how to use the language experience approach to reinforce basic phonemic skills and concepts. Teachers will understand the importance of teaching high frequency and sight words. Finally, teachers will learn how to build the important home-school connection so that basic skills learned in the classroom can be practiced and reinforced at home. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

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Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

A Fresh Look at Phonics” by Wiley Blevins

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 76T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41478

Unit One

  • Phonemic Awareness Research
  • Assessing Phonemic Awareness
  • Introduction to the Common Core Standards for Reading
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Visual and Auditory Discrimination
  • Introducing Letters and Alphabetic Knowledge
  • Introducing Phonemes
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Introducing Blending
  • Introducing Rhymes
  • Introduction to Syllable Segmentation
  • Onset and Rime
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Concepts About Print
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Importance of Comprehension
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Cloze Procedure and Maze Technique
  • Assessment Through Retelling
  • High Frequency and Sight Words
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Making the Most of Read Alouds
  • Getting Parents Involved - Reading at Home
  • The Emergent Writer
  • Assignment #4: Develop activities for five predictable or rhyming books
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)