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Did you know that the ability to break words into syllables is an important part of phonological awareness? Phonological awareness. That’s a big teacher-y word, but it’s easy to define.
Phonological awareness = the awareness of sounds within words
Kids need phonological awareness before they learn to read. That’s why I’m sharing six fun ways to teach kids how to count syllables as part of our Get Ready for Kindergarten series. And here’s some great news – counting syllables is fun!
First, I used painter’s tape to make a numbered ladder on the floor. My Four stood behind the first line. Then I held up a picture card (get them at the end of this post), and he jumped once for each syllable.
“Ham-bur-ger.” He looked down to see what number he was standing on. That’s how many syllables the word had.
He loved this and breezed through 24 cards in no time!
2. Sort pictures.
Next, I put the 1,2,3 and 4 syllable headers on our pocket chart. My Two handed her older brother one card at at time. He named the picture, breaking it into syllables as he did so. Finally, he filed the picture under the proper header.
I showed him how to clap the syllables, but he only needed to do that once. By saying each word slowly, he easily counted the syllables. “Cal-cu-la-tor. Four!”
3. Sort objects.
My Seven and Nine gathered toys for me that were one, two, three, or four syllables. Then I provided some sorting containers for my preschooler to sort them.
Print these free cards from This Reading Mama. Then give your child small counters to move, one at a time, as he says each syllable. Have him count the manipulatives to see how many syllables are in each word.
Check out This Reading Mama’s post about counting syllables with duplo bricks – you’ll also get a set of free picture cards.
6. Clip it!
Just grab our free syllable clip cards, and have your child clip the correct number of syllables with a clothespin.
And there you have it – six hands-on ways to teach syllables!
Get the free sorting cards below. You’ll find a total of 48 cards, in three different formats – depending on how much ink you want to use. 😉 Make sure you select the pages you want instead of printing the whole document.
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