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Differentiates sounds

Being able to identify and manipulate sounds in spoken language is the foundation for word recognition and vocabulary development. Figuring out when words rhyme, coming up with words that share a beginning or ending sound, and creating silly sentences can lead to future success in reading.

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Ehri, L. C. (2013). Orthographic mapping in the acquisition of sight word reading, spelling memory, and vocabulary learning. Scientific Studies of Reading, 18, 5–21.