Okay so as a homeschool mom, I am always learning as I teach…but this was pretty interesting to me!
My son was learning to count syllables in his phonics lessons. At first we did the “old-school” way of tapping it out. sun–set… sunset. 2 Syllables right?
He was getting that okay but every once in a while he’d pronounce a word wrong and mess up the syllables. Then as I was reading the Teachers Guide (always a good idea I’m finding) it said there was a rule!
What? A rule?
It said you know how many syllables a word has by how many vowel sounds you hear. So Suntan has 2 syllables because you say 2 vowel sounds the /u/ and /a/. And it works with silent e too…. Like the word chase. Only 1 vowel that you actually SAY /a/ you don’t say the e at the end so you don’t count it!
Even works with vowel blends like Seat. Has 2 vowels but you only hear the 1st vowel so it has only one syllable!
Hee….hee.. I just think that is so cool! Somehow I made it to 32 years old and never knew about this rule! I won’t mention that I used to teach Lang. Arts in middle school! 🙂