This is is a multi-grade one-week “plain and simple” unit study to teach the 10 rules of breaking words into parts plus stresses.31 pages.
Additional supplies needed: blank frog shaped cards (or frog stickers) for the introductory hands-on lesson work.
Update June 2021: This is now available in printable e-book (pdf) format only. (The paper version has sold out.)
What are two reasons you might want to include a study about syllables?
Besides understanding how to pronounce a word (aka read it properly), there are two places where this skill can show up throughout one’s life that I can think of…. in vocal music, where the words may be split to sing them according to the note rhythm, and in hand-writing a composition or letter/note and needing to split a word that doesn’t fit on a line.
To me, I’d rather teach this skill “all-at-once” in a short unit study (e.g. as a “special week” in spelling in the middle or at the end of a school year) instead of integrating the rules with other spelling lessons.
Teaching Tips: As a homeschool mom (and curriculum developer), I prefer to have another “special week” in spelling at a different time, to teach the skill of alphabetization. My personal preference is have that topic at the beginning of the school year because then students can immediately put that skill into practice for research in encyclopedias or libraries or dictionaries in other subject areas. We do not offer a resource for alphabetizing since it is relatively easy to teach. Simply make cue cards with words of your choice on them (one word per card; large print in marker) and pop about 8-12 cards into an envelope. Ask your child to sort the word cards in that envelope into the correct alphabetical order. For teaching the skill of looking at the second or third or fourth, etc. letters of a word, simply make a couple of more envelopes with word cards in them and make sure the words in those envelopes are highly similar to each other! This is a skill which I do not teach in a written method because I feel it is unnecessary and much better grasped with the cards. In contrast, syllable skills could be useful when writing so there is mainly written work inside the Working with Syllables Made Simple resource; I found it helpful to have those worksheets for that skill so I made this book.)