Knowing the Top Ten Syllable Rules can help improve your own reading, pronunciation, and spelling, and it is the key to unlocking the power of print for students just learning to read, and for those who struggle to read and write. Unfortunately, teachers don’t learn these rules in teacher preparatory courses, even courses on teaching elementary reading. This level of complex decoding is reserved for reading specialists and reading interventionists.
I learned these rules as part of my coursework to become a certified Associate with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. These rules have literally transformed the way I understood the English language, and they are the foundation for my work as a reading specialist and Orton-Gillingham tutor. With these rules, I have helped many older elementary students, and middle school students, finally learnt o read and write proficiently. I want EVERY teacher to have that same understanding of language and the knowledge necessary to become your students’, or your child’s, best reading teacher.