Kid-Friendly Syllable Rules

Kid Friendly Syllable Rules - Forget the complicated rules that no one can remember or apply! These syllable rules will have your students decoding bigger words skillfully. A great addition to phonics instruction in second, third, or fourth gradeHonestly, I don’t ever remember learning syllable rules when I was in school, and amazingly enough I still learned how to read.  When I first started hearing about syllable rules (as a teacher) they were complicated statements like, “with a CVC pattern, if the vowel is short then divide after the second consonant.”  Holy cow!  First, if I have a hard time memorizing a list of wordy rules like that, how in the world will kids memorize them?  Second, how would a kid know if the vowel was long or short if they weren’t able to sound out the word?

I think syllable rules are only worthwhile if they help kids decode words.  I spent some time looking through syllable rules and picking out the ones that are actually usable to kids:

Kid friendly syllable rules for phonics and decoding of bigger words. Click through to download this poster for free!

 

Now, just like with all “rules” pertaining to the English language, they don’t work in all situations, but they are at least something to get your kids going on, and they work in most situations.

A little further explanation:

One vowel sound per syllable: Sometimes two vowels team up to make a single sound.  So, the word “bake” is only one syllable even though it has two vowels because the a and the e work together to make one sound (the long a sound).

Prefixes and suffixes: “-able” is a suffix but it is two syllables

I’ve packaged up this poster and a matching bookmark for you. Click HERE to get it for free!

FREE kid friendly syllable rules poster and bookmark, help students tackle the decoding of longer words with these tools! A great addition to phonics instruction in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade!

Ready to dive into kid-friendly syllable rules with your class? Save yourself some time with this activity pack. Click HERE to check it out.

Syllable Rules Practice Activities ($) kid-friendly syllable rules that kids can use to help with decoding longer wordsSyllable Rules Practice Activities ($) kid-friendly syllable rules that kids can use to help with decoding longer wordsSyllable Rules Practice Activities ($) kid-friendly syllable rules that kids can use to help with decoding longer words

 

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Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.

8 thoughts on “Kid-Friendly Syllable Rules

    1. Hannah Braun Post author

      Thanks, Diana! Right now I haven’t made a printable version but I’ll put it on my to-do list. You could try right clicking the picture and copying it. Then paste it into PowerPoint. Since it’s so long you might want to paste it two or three times side by side and then cropping it down into segments so you can print it all on one page.