Counting Syllables

I first made these printable syllable sorting mats years ago and have used them both for intentionally teaching syllables to my whole class and also as a follow on literacy centre for small groups. Perfect for word work in the Early Years, these syllable mats provide ideal visual support for young children learning to break words into syllables.


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Printable Syllable Sorting Mats - print your own numbered syllable sorting mats to use at home or in the classroom with your preschooler to sort objects according to their number of syllables | you clever monkey
Recognising syllables in words makes both reading and spelling easier for young children. All words have syllables. A syllable is defined as 'one or more letters representing a unit of spoken language consisting of a single uninterrupted sound'. It is an important concept to learn in early childhood but an easy one with most children leaving preschool being able to hear the parts in words.

In preschool, I start teaching by using children's names to introduce the concept of syllables. I clap the syllables as I say their name aloud and then encourage them to do the same. Another method is to put your hand under your chin and count the number of jaw drops as you say a word but I've found this strategy tends to work better for older children.



As a whole class, we then use our syllable mats and a big basket of familiar items and together we clap the words and sort the objects, adding them to the correct numbered mat.


Printable Syllable Sorting Mats - print your own numbered syllable sorting mats to use at home or in the classroom with your preschooler to sort objects according to their number of syllables | you clever monkey

You can download our Syllable Sorting Mats for use at home or in the classroom. 



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Printable Syllable Sorting Mats - print your own numbered syllable sorting mats to use at home or in the classroom with your preschooler to sort objects according to their number of syllables | you clever monkey



4 comments

  1. this is such a great concept!!! my kindy boy would love these, as he is loving soaking up anything to do with literacy right now :)

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    1. Perfect age for this kind of literacy based activity Kate 🙂

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  2. You make the funnest looking resources! I must share your page with my son's teacher

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    1. Learning should be fun! And for me, that means hands on and playful 🙂 Thanks for your comment Happy Whimsical Hearts!

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