Segmenting spoken words into syllables is the most simple phonological awareness skill for most children. It involves breaking words into chunks or beats and each beat will contain a vowel sound, for example, the word ‘big’ contains one syllable, ‘fish/ing’ contains two syllables, and ‘hip/po/pot/a/mus’ contains five.
Syllable awareness activities include:
Counting syllables – How many syllables in teddy?
Segmenting 3-4 syllables – Say the syllables in Samantha. ‘Sa-man-tha’
Segmenting unfamiliar, multi-syllable words – Say the syllables in separate. ‘Sep/ar/ate’.
Deleting and adding syllables – Say the syllables in ‘bookmark’. ‘Book/mark’. Now just say the first syllable. ‘Book’. Say the word birth. ‘Birth’. Now say the word day. ‘Day’. Now put them together. ‘Birthday’.
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