8 Basic Steps to Great Speech Sounds! - Step 3 - Syllable Words

Ok... your child can say their speech sound in syllables, now what?

The next step is to move to Syllable Words!

Syllable Words? What does that mean? And how is a Syllable Word different than a syllable!?

Let's back up just a little bit...

We started with sounds in isolation. Then, we moved our child to sounds in syllables.

But those are just nonsense sounds: Sa-Se-Si-So   or...  Ta-Te-Ti-To   or ...  Ba-Be-Bi-Bo.

They don't mean anything. It's just a level to practice getting your child's mouth to move quickly and accurately from the speech sound to the vowel. Once your child has the motor movements required to do the sound+vowel, it's time to put some meaning behind it!!

This is an interesting step. Often the kiddos can do the nonsense syllables but then as soon as you say"hey, that's a real word!"they suddenly cannot say it correctly anymore!

That's because our language is stored in a different part of our brain, so a different part of the brain is activated. When it's a Real word, it also has more information attached to it. There is a concept that is part of it.

"sa" is nonsense. "Say" means you are telling something.

So our first example: Sa-Se-Si-So... that has a quite a few real words!

You can read a lot more about that in an activity to work specifically on "s" here!

But what about B or D or K or P? Or any other letter?

Well, there are multiple "little" Syllable Words to be found with those sounds, too!

Let me show you how!

Make a Word

First, put the speech sound with all of the different vowel.

If we do B, we get: ba, be, bi, bo!

B+a becomes "bay" like Down By the Bay!

B+e becomes "bee" like a little bumblebee.

B+i becomes "by!" like goodbye!