Are you following us on Pinterest yet?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.
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