Today we started learning all about syllables.

Syllables are ways to split words into speech sounds. We naturally say words using syllables, but we don’t usually think about it until we need to separate the syllables for reading or spelling purposes.

When we learn to read, and as we encounter more difficult words, we may need to decode a word. You’ll often hear someone telling a reader to “sound it out” or “break the word into parts.” When we do this, breaking the word into syllables can help us read the word. Here are a few examples:

word- one syllable, word

spelling- two syllables, spell/ing

computer- three syllables, com/pu/ter

Breaking a word into syllables can also help when we learn to spell new words. tiger- two syllables, ti/ger

Have a look at the following games and videos on syllables for some extra practise!

Can you think of some words that have 1, 2 or 3 syllables?

Can you think of any words with more than 4 syllables?

5 thoughts on “Syllables

  1. Dear Miss Hunichen,
    These are some 4, 5 and 3 syllable words for you.
    I found some in the newspaper,
    and in my house.
    I tried to spell super…. by my self.

    From Milly

    • Wow Milly
      These are some fantastic words and you have done a great job with spelling supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, I had to look it up in Google to make sure I spelt it correctly. I think it has 14 syllables! I wonder how many little words you can make from this one big word?
      Miss Hunichen

  2. Dear Miss Hunichen
    I have thought of a word that has 4 syllables in it it is watermelon I wonder if I can think of any more words.
    from Fintan

    • Hi Fintan
      Great to see you commenting on the blog again. I’m glad you having been thinking about the number of syllables in different words. Watermelon is a fabulous word, I wonder if you can think of any other fruits that have 4 syllables?
      Miss Hunichen

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