"Breaking words into syllables helps us to be better readers and writers. "Syllables play an important role in spoken English in that they greatly influence the rhythm of the language, its poetic meter, and its stress patterns. Syllables are also important very early on as their mastery dictates a child’s success in reading." When we break words into syllables, we remember that every syllable has at least 1 vowel.
"Syllables are the phonological building blocks of words and are essential in developing phonics and literacy skills. 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. As children progress through grade levels, having a strong understanding of how words are broken into syllables can help them decode, pronounce, and spell longer words. In fact, did you know that over 80% of English words have two or more syllables! So, having a strategy for how to chunk multisyllabic words into single syllables is much more efficient than trying to sound out a long string of letters.
Breaking a word into syllables can also help when we learn to spell new words. There are many spelling rules that apply to how a word is broken apart. For example, if a syllable ends with a vowel, the vowel sound is usually long." (Spelling City)
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