Teaching syllables to kindergartners is always interesting. They enjoy clapping to the syllables, but really don’t know how to express or explain why they are doing it.
You start out by saying syllables are parts of a word. It is the “chunks” of a word when you say it. I start out by clapping and listening to the syllables (word chunks) in their own names and classmates names. The hardest syllable is for them to hear and clap is the one syllable words. They usually stretch it out so long it becomes a 2 or 3 syllable word!
Syllable Boards and Cards
It takes practice to hear and clap out the sounds. To solve this problem I created is a board game with 1, 2,and 3 syllable sort and cards to go with it. There are six categories including Vegetables,Ocean Animals, Zoo Animals, Forest Animals, Winter and Farm Animals.
Taking Forest Animals as an example. The cards are composed of different animals listed below. The cards lay in front of the students on the table. They pick up a card, say the picture, clap the syllable, and finally sort it into a category based on how many syllables are in the card.
The kiddos love the games and cards. They especially like the different category of cards and pictures. This hands on game with the boards and cards gives the kiddos a great deal of opportunity to play and practice. Many children, especially when young, are kinesthetic learners and they like the physical movement of learning, so it doesn’t have to be just clapping. It can be hopping, jumping, slapping, and snapping!
Start your work with syllables and have some fun.
The cards and boards are color coded for each set, so they are easy for the kiddos and teacher to sort and put away.
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