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Language – Syllable Snap And Clap

Take turns reciting words with two or more syllables.  The accent syllable is said with an accompanying clap, the unaccented syllables with an accompanying snap.

For example, the word

  • turquoise

Would be said

  • tur' (clap) quoise (snap)

The word

  • electricity
  • e (snap) lec (snap) tri' (clap) ci (snap) ty (snap)

Any word of two or more syllables is acceptable, but striving to find unusual words will make the game more challenging and fun.

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Learn about syllables with this rhythm activity.

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Personal Qualities – I Would Do Well Because...

What if you were given the responsibility to help someone improve their reading skills?  What qualities do you possess that would make it possible to accomplish the goal?  Perhaps it is your love of books, your patience, or sense of humor.  Maybe you possess all three of those qualities and more!

Make up some imaginary challenges of your own and take turns considering the skills you possess that would be helpful in each situation.  (Planning and preparing a meal for 50 homeless people is one idea.)  Younger participants can project themselves into the future if desired, depending on the challenge.

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