Topic: Syllables (Syllabication Rules) What is a syllable? A syllable is a part of a word that contains sounds (phonemes) of a word. It usually has a vowel in it. A syllable is also called a 'beat' because when teaching children to identify syllables it is usually by clapping to the 'beats' in words. Syllables help us to read better.
Here are the rules for breaking words into syllables 1. Do not attempt to divide a one-syllable word into syllables. Example: Girl, Wall, Sell, Just 2. Do not separate consonant digraphs and blends into syllables. (A digraph is two letters that make one sound. Example: ch, er, au, th, ew, ph ) Example: think/ing, church/es 3. When two or more consonants occur between two vowels in a word, the syllable is usually divided between the consonants. Example: Lit/tle, pret/ty, prin/cess To learn more about syllable watch the video below