Segmenting words into individual phonemes is a vital skill that benefits readers.
Segmenting skills begin with hearing larger parts in words.
Clapping syllables is a great way to create an awareness of larger parts of words in our oral language.
Once students can clap the syllables in words, then they are ready to move on to hearing onset and rime in words and finally individual phonemes.
This lesson and activity provides everything you need to work on segmenting words into syllables, including some teacher notes that will help you avoid some pitfalls that are often encountered when working on segmenting with children.