Phonological Awareness

Morning Message

Importance of Morning Message:

Morning message is modeled writing in front of students. It is useful tool used to deliver information about the day’s instruction, teach and expose students to concepts of print,(left to right progression of text, return and sweep, space between words, and that print carries a message), focus on letters and sounds, and most importantly practice phonological awareness.

How to Start:

Listen and Say:

  • Begin with an oral approach to address listening and phonological awareness

  • Say the sentence

  • Ask students to repeat sentence while you assess listening and speech production

  • Only focus on one phonological awareness skill, model and have students practices the skill. Remember the skills should progress based upon student’s needs.


Model thinking and writing:

Move to the written portion of the lesson.

  • Write the sentence

  • Focus on print awareness skill through “Think Aloud” techniques.

    Example: “I always start my sentence with a capital letter.” “I leave a space between

    words.” “I start writing on the top of my page” etc.

  • Practice alphabet knowledge by asking students to identify letters and sounds in their names and in words.

  • Focus on correct letter formation.

Meaningful Connections:

Connect morning message to the lessons planned for the day and guide students to understand this connection. Morning message could be based on theme, daily activities, student interest, and the world around them. Focus on one phonological awareness skill at a time, by following the phonological awareness continuum. Skills should progress based upon students's needs. Do not forget to return to your morning message throughout the day. Placing the morning message in the writing center allows opportunity for them to practice focused skills. Go back to it daily and use as a springboard for practicing skills and concepts.
When should I do morning message?

It should be done in the first morning gathering.


What is the difference between morning message and daily news?

Morning message is modeled writing were the teacher is the composer and scribe. Daily news is shared writing with one or two children help write the message the students create. The entire class takes part in rereading and discussing concepts of print.


Is it helpful to do both morning message and daily news?

Its recommended that you do both. The more exposure to concepts of print the more connections the child will make with reading and writing.


How long is the morning message and daily news?

Morning message should take no longer than 5-7 min. Daily news should take no longer than 10-15 min.