What is a syllable approach to reading?

 
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Introduction
 

A syllable approach is a synthetic approach to reading. It is characterized by use of the syllable as the basic building block or unit for decoding words. Students learn syllables before reading words and text.

Definition
 

A syllable approach to teaching reading is an approach which uses syllable recognition as the primary word attack skill.

Discussion
 

A syllable approach lesson will normally present the following:

 
  • A picture word which is a memory device for a new syllable, and
  • A new syllable together with all the syllables which make up the syllable family.

  • The new syllable in a larger matrix with most or all other known syllables.

    The syllable matrix is practiced at length as preparation for reading words and text which use known syllables.

 

Syllable approaches vary:

 
  • Some call for memorization of CV's first, then all CVC's, then all CCV's, and so on until all syllable types are learned.

    See:

    What is a syllable shape?

  • Some intersperse the syllable types in order to make more natural reading materials early in the series.
  • Others introduce a small set of syllables in each section followed by reading words and text.
Example
 

Here is an example of a instructional program that uses a syllable approach:

 
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