Teach Syllable Division Without Feeling Overwhelmed!



So... you want to spend more time teaching syllable division in your daily instruction? WONDERFUL! But... you don't know exactly where to start? You're not alone. In fact, I know a lot of teachers who don't invest much time teaching syllable division for several reasons: (1) It seems tedious. (2) There are too many rules, and it's overwhelming to decide exactly how to structure instruction. (3) Who has time for that??? Can you relate to any of these? No judgement here... there's a lot to teach every day, and syllable division can easily get pushed to the back-burner if you aren't determined to intentionally use it every day. Here's the thing, though... teaching students the rules for syllable division can drastically impact their abilities to decode multisyllabic words accurately and fluently. It translates into their writing as well by supporting their ability to spell multisyllabic words. So it really, really is important, even if you aren't a phonics nerd like me. 😉


I have something to share today that just might support your instruction in syllable division. 


First of all, you need a good set of reference posters. I actually have several versions of these displayed in different areas of my classroom, and I find my students using all of them at different times. Explicit instruction with each syllable division pattern is necessary; the more visual aids you provide for your students, the more capable they will be of applying the division rules to their independent reading and writing. Never doubt the value of a good reference poster to support your phonics instruction!


I also think it's important to provide students with multiple opportunities to apply rules for syllable division in isolated, focused activities. Word sorts are excellent for this! I also created a roll-and-read activity to help students build fluency with decoding multisyllabic words based on specific syllable division patterns. These are both great options to help students train their eyes and minds to recognize and apply rules of syllable division.