Palabras para aplaudir is a simple exercise that can make a big difference. Clapping syllables is an important skill for beginning readers because it promotes correct pronunciation and improves spelling. The purpose of these particular words is to give the students opportunities to see and hear the various letter combinations that are prevalent in Spanish. In the Teacher Word List, the underlined letters indicate the particular syllabic pattern or letter combination that is being targeted. Daily practice of five minutes can dramatically improve a child’s decoding ability, even if the child is a non-reader.