How does it develop?

This first skill related to phonological awareness that is likely to develop is the ability to recognize syllables, or beats as we call them in early elementary. Being able to recognize rhyming words usually will come next, with the ability to recognize phonemes. It is important to understand that recognition comes first; it may take some time for a child to come up with their own rhyming words. It will also be easier for a child to manipulate the beginning and ending of words before the middle part of the word. Next is usually the ability to blend words before they are able to separate them into parts. And last is the ability to manipulate sounds within a word to create new words (Bennett-Armistead, Duke & Moses, 2005, pg. 93).