One of my earliest memories of feeling confused in school was the day my teacher tried to teach us about syllables.
She had us put our hands on our chin and then feel our chin move up and down as we opened our mouths, vocalizing each syllable of a word.
Except that because we were so young–and so many of us were confused–our chins were all moving at different times.
There was no synchronous counting of syllables. Just a whole bunch of confused Kindergartners or first graders, with hands on chins, trying to hear and feel syllables and wondering what the heck our teacher was talking about.
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- ABC cards and clothespin match
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I’m surprised that your teacher taught you syllables with your chin. That is confusing!
I attended Catholic school in the 1980s, and they taught us using claps. In fact, we had two years of daily one-hour systematic phonics classes in first and second grade. No whole language approach at all, and it was wonderful! I’m an excellent speller because I learned in detail all the consonant and vowel blends.