A syllable is a word or a part of a word. Each syllable has one vowel sound.
To help your child understand syllables, have them say different words. As they do, encourage them to clap out the sounds that they hear. Each sound that they hear is one syllable. For example, in the word “dog”. Children would only clap one time; meaning this word is made up of one syllable. In the word “brother”, children would clap two times when saying the word. This means that “brother” is made up of two syllables.
Have your child look up words in a dictionary. Have them notice how each word is separated into syllables. The syllables for each word are separated by a space or a dot. Have them clap out words that they find.
Remind your child that when the first vowel sound in a word is followed by two consonants, divide the word between the two consonants. (ex. muffin = muf – fin, sister = sis – ter)
**Vowels are the letters a, e, i, o, u. Consonants are all other letters in the alphbet.
Remind your child to divide compound words between the smaller words. (ex. football = foot – ball, doghouse = dog – house)