Does anyone remember learning about syllables in school where you put your hand flat under your chin and then said a word and every time your chin touched your hand, that was how many syllables were in that word?!!! I still use that for teaching because it works! Try it!
Why do you have to know what a syllable is? Or teach it?
It is a crucial prereading skill to learn how to break down a word! Once you can break down a word, you can make it into more manageable parts to learn to spell it, how to pronounce it and to understand the word in general. Once kids learn this part of words, reading is the next step!
There are many ways to teach syllables and you, as their teacher needs to find the best way that works for you and them!
I still use the hand under the chin because I have found it to be the best way to learn and teach!! Plus kids have fun with it that way.
If your kids are into animals, use animal lessons for teaching syllables! If they like a cartoon character, then you that to teach them. You know your child best and what gets them working!!!
Hang in there, anyone can teach syllables!