The importance of early literacy development is well documented in research. Supporting early literacy growth is a bridge towards subsequent academic achievement, and there is a strong connection between early literacy achievement and future academic achievement (National Early Literacy Panel, 2008). According to the National Reading Panel (2000) the five pillars of early literacy and reading instruction are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This article will focus on the component of phonemic awareness and its importance in relation to learning to read. Specifically, I will introduce “Rhyme Time Boxes,” along with several activities that can be used with young children to promote and develop phonemic awareness.

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