Phonological Awareness is the ability to think about the sounds within words (as opposed to focusing upon the meaning of words). Research explains that phonological awareness is strong predictor of early literacy acquisition. Phonological awareness is reported to unlock the mystery of word recognition and spelling. Once children understand that words are comprised of sounds, the mapping of the alphabet and phonics occurs with greater ease. Syllabification, rhyme, initial sounds, onset and time blending and segmenting are all phonological awareness tasks.