Segmenting words into syllables

Segmenting spoken words into syllables is the most simple phonological awareness skill. It involves breaking words into chunks or beats and each beat will contain a vowel sound e.g. the word big contains one syllable, fish/ing contains two, and hip/po/pot/a/mus contains five.

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 obfuscate. ‘Ob-fus-cate’ or, Say the syllables in reminiscent. ‘Rem-in-is-cent’