I just completed a reading evaluation of a home-schooled student who has all the skills he needs except one: recognizing/identifying syllable rules. As students move into upper elementary grades, rules for syllabication become increasingly vital. This kiddo is now reading to learn, not learning to read. He may use context effectively but still stumbles over unfamiliar words with multiple syllables. If this student were dyslexic, he’d be crippled without an early introduction to syllable types.
I have found that most folks are not passionate about syllables. My family groans when I start a lunchtime conversation about open or closed syllables. But what about this? I paid a middle school student to learn syllable types one summer and he gained a couple of years’ growth in reading. AND he was no longer a behavior problem at school. My dearest teaching widower is resigned to the reality that we sometimes pay students to learn. But since finances are a topic I avoid like the plague, money and syllable rules are off the table for lunchtime conversations. Hey, anyone want to talk about the schwa?