This year our school has implemented a new phonological awareness plan in the hopes of bringing our school up to speed with the Australian National Curriculum. This means that in Kindy we are now teaching syllables and rhyme in term 1 (previously taught in terms 2 and 3 respectively). Phew! It sure is a lot to get through in a short time, particularly when you take into consideration we do half groups for half days for the first 2 weeks. Throw in public holidays (4 days this term!!), testing days (speech screen) and professional development courses there really isn't much time left in term 1!
With all of this in mind I have revamped the structure of my day to include lots of opportunities for the students to play quick syllable games. Some of the games we have been using include the syllable house game and a syllable flower game that I found on TPT by Young and Lively in Kindergarten. The students love picking flowers and then sorting them into the correct pot.
Still in need of another syllable game I created a syllable shopping game. Be honest, who doesn't love shopping?! Well now you can shop with your students while practising segmenting words into syllables!
To play this game I attached the 1-3 syllable cards (we left 4 syllable words out of it to start with) to a shopping basket, though you could use a box or brown paper bag - whatever you have to hand really! The students then took turns to go shopping for 1 item and brought it back and show their group. They then named the item (great for improving vocabulary too!) and body tapped the number of syllables in their item. For example potato was po (tap head) - ta (tap shoulders) - to (tap hips). They then counted the number of syllables and placed it into the correct basket. So much fun!
I found a large tub of plastic food at Kmart (I think!!) for less than $10 so this is what we used to sort into the baskets. However if you don't have plastic food I have also included 6 pictures for each number of syllables so simply print and laminate them!
For those of you who aren't members of Top Teacher we will also be adding this game to out TPT store so you can grab your copy there.
'Remember keep calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan!'
Top Teacher xx