The next area we’ll focus on is syllable awareness. A simple way to think about or explain syllables is that they are parts of a word. One of the best and most developmentally appropriate ways to start playing with syllables is to use the names of people in your family. As you say the name, ask your child, “How many parts do you hear in this name?” For example, Anna (An-na) has two syllables, and Andrea (An-dre-a) has three syllables.
Sometimes the trickiest of all is those words with just one syllable, like mom (mom). From our experience, we find that children have the hardest time with one syllable words because they want to clap out each sound, not each syllable, so please make sure to include plenty of these in your syllable play.
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