Phonological awareness is a fundamental emergent competency and proficiency in reading and includes an explicit word, onset rhyme, syllables, and personal structure awareness. While some children pick this ability naturally, others have to acquire it. Phonics, on the other hand, is a teaching instruction that allows children to decode letters into respective sounds.
Phonics, through word decoding, relates to spoken sound by enabling children to read unfamiliar words using their respective sounds or speech. Phonological awareness activities in counting syllables require that a student is taught to know what syllables are by introducing vocabulary words.
Segmenting syllables becomes easily taught on how learners can employ clamped lips to count syllables. When it comes to blending syllables, phonological awareness activities allow for the teaching of three or fewer words once the students are able to segment. Once syllables can be blended, it becomes possible for learners to be taught onset rhyme using phonics instruction.