If your child is doing really well beginning to read, it may be time to move along to 2 syllable words.
Let’s take a look at what syllables are and some common two syllable word lists!
What is a syllable?
A syllable is a single vowel sound, pronounced as a unit as a word itself or as part of a word. Sometimes it can be called a “word chunk” or a “beat”.
Typically early readers will learn single syllable word families and once those have been mastered they are ready to move onto 2 syllable words.
How do you identify two syllable words?
A two syllable word is a word that when spoken has two specific sounds or beats to them. Perhaps when you were younger your teacher had you clap out the syllables.
For each vowel sound (read: not number of vowels) is the number of syllables in the word.
A one syllable word: Bat
A two syllable word: But-ter
A three syllable sound: Ba-na-na
What is the longest 2-syllable word?
In the English language there are many long 2 syllable words. Here are a few of them:
Open vs Closed Syllable Words
An open syllable ends in a vowel and almost always has a long vowel sound.
Example of open syllable words:
In a closed syllable, the vowels are typically surrounded by consonants and tend to have short vowel sounds.
Examples of closed syllable words:
2 Syllable Words for Kindergarten
2 Syllable Words with Long Vowels
2 Syllable Words Ending in -y
2 syllable words ending in -ing
2 syllable words that end in -er