The phoneme is really the smallest unit of language in human speech. Letters may be the thread that ties language together, but phonemic awareness is critical to understanding and clarity. A single letter appearing in multiple words could have a variety of pronunciations. Take the following three words: rate, awe, and cat. Each letter “a” is pronounced differently. Understanding that concept is essential to learning to read in a writing system based on a finite alphabet. It’s a major reason why it’s equally important for teachers and educators to use engaging phonemic awareness activities.