Syllables Splash

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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OK syllable practice for kids who can break it down.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the number of syllables present in common words, which may lead to better word identification and reading fluency. It's simple, fun practice for kids who have already learned how to break words into syllables correctly. Kids who need explicit language development and instruction may not find what they're looking for, however, as Syllables Splash doesn't provide a visual representation of syllabication rules.

Ease of Play

Syllables Splash is relatively self-explanatory and easy to set up. Gameplay only requires clicking on multiple-choice options.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Syllables Splash can help early readers develop sound associations with common sight words. It provides easily adjustable word lists, has engaging graphics, and allows kids to create their own avatars or upload their own images. Syllables Splash doesn't, however, provide direct instruction for dissecting syllables and may not be the most helpful tool for younger users or for kids with language delays. 

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What's it about?

Kids can quickly get started with SYLLABLES SPLASH by pressing "Quick Play" or creating their own character by pressing "Select Player" from the home screen. Once the game starts, an image appears in the periscope lens, and users are asked to choose the correct number of syllables in that word. Kids can press the circular arrows above the image to see the word spelled out or press the "Help" star toward the bottom of the screen to hear an animated turtle clap out the correct number of syllables in the word. When kids choose the correct answer, there is a celebratory chime, and another image or word pops up. If the incorrect number is chosen, a shark eats that choice, eliminating it as an option. Right and wrong answers are compiled on a "report card," which can be accessed once they click "Done" in the top corner. 

Is it any good?

Though Syllables Splash can help emerging readers practice counting the correct number of syllables, it doesn't explicitly teach syllable rules. Kids with language delays may not make the connection between the words and the number of syllables. The turtle that helps by clapping out syllables does it in isolation: The word isn't spoken at the same time, which seems to defeat the purpose of the support. The words don't always follow capitalization rules, either, which may confuse some readers. Syllables Splash may work well as an engaging time-filler, but it doesn't follow best practices. The percentages of right vs. wrong answers could be a helpful feature but may be recording inaccurate information if kids are only counting the number of times the turtle claps instead of relating it to the word they just heard.

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  • Families can talk about how words are broken down into syllables. Parents can ask kids to come up with as many compound words as they can ("cookbook," "spaceship," "baseball"). Write these words on construction paper and cut them in half where the syllable splits them. For fun, rearrange these syllable parts to create new two-syllable (compound) words.

  • Using tangible counters (rocks, paper clips, candy, or coins), write longer words on construction paper. Have kids place a counter below each syllable in each word. Help them identify where each syllable is, and then count how many syllables each word has.

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