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Phonological Awareness: Syllables — Syllable Sort

Syllable Sort is a great game to play with your child to help with their emerging literacy and language use. Before starting the game, it is a good idea to explain that a syllable is a part of a word. Then you can give your child examples.

Demonstrate at least one example for the activity below.

It is helpful to use the Clap Word Parts from the previous lesson to encourage your child to clap for each word part when they aren’t sure how many syllables are in a word. You can ask your child what a word means, and then repeat their answer to them to build language skills.

Let’s review the Syllable Sort to help your child recognize the number of syllables in words. Cut out the numbers 1, 2, and 3 and spread them out on the floor. Ask your child to select an object, say its name, count the number of syllables, and place it below the corresponding number. So, fork gets sorted under the number 1, cookie gets sorted under the number 2, and cereal gets sorted under the number 3.

The video below shows an example of this: