October 18, 2023
R-Controlled Syllable Word Lists (Free Printable)

R-Controlled Syllable Word Lists (Free Printable)

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Are you looking for R-controlled syllable word lists to supercharge your child’s reading skills? Our FREE word list with R-controlled syllables has 160 words neatly sorted into lists, and it’s super simple to use. Not sure what R-controlled syllables are? Don’t worry; we’ll explain it in a super simple way.

Are you looking for R-controlled syllable word lists to supercharge your child's reading skills? Our FREE word list with R-controlled syllables has 160 words neatly sorted into lists, and it's super simple to use. Not sure what R-controlled syllables are? Don't worry; we'll explain it in a super simple way.

R controlled words

Discover the magic of R-controlled syllables with our FREE printable word list! We collected 160 words containing Bossy R syllables and sorted them into 10 handy charts. It’s like having a treasure trove of words at your fingertips. We’ve also suggested some fun activities to do with the lists. Download your copy today and have fun with R-controlled syllables!

So, let’s get started and check out these lists together. Get ready to see your child’s reading confidence grow as they tackle R-controlled syllables and embark on an exciting journey into the world of reading.

Before we dive into the word of R-controlled syllables, let’s quickly revisit some basic information on syllables.Before we dive into the word of R-controlled syllables, let’s quickly revisit some basic information on syllables.

What is a Syllable?

A syllable is one complete sound within spoken or written words. It always has at least one vowel and may include consonants. Syllables play an important role in providing the rhythm and structure of words in spoken language, contributing to the overall flow and pronunciation of words.

Discover the magic of R-controlled words with our FREE printable word list! Ideal for homeschooling parents and teachers, this resource features 160 words with our own Bossy R. We've also suggested some fun activities to do with the lists. Download your copy today and have fun with R-controlled syllables!

What is the Difference Between a Syllable and a Phenome?

It’s important to understand the difference between phonemes and syllables and phonemes.

  • Phonemes are the smallest sound units in a language, representing distinct speech sounds.
  • Syllables are uninterrupted sounds with at least one vowel and one or more consonants.
  • The number of syllables in a word is independent of its number of phonemes. Take the word “Part.” It has 1 syllable but 4 phenomes p-ar-t.

This difference is critical in understanding the structure of words and how they are pronounced, as syllables contribute to word rhythm, and phonemes define the distinct sounds that make up syllables in words.

Why Do We Teach Syllables?

Syllable instruction is important for several reasons:

  • Word Decoding: Syllables help children decode and read unfamiliar words, especially longer ones.
  • Word Recognition: Understanding syllables aids in recognizing and pronouncing words, even those they have never seen before.
  • Reading Comprehension: It improves reading comprehension as children can focus on meaning instead of struggling with pronunciation.
  • Reduced Overwhelm: Syllables prevent students from feeling overwhelmed by long, unfamiliar words, reducing the urge to guess or skip them.
  • Combatting Reading Fatigue: It combats fatigue when reading lengthy words by allowing children to tackle them one syllable at a time.
  • Spelling Accuracy: Syllable awareness also benefits spelling, making it easier to spell longer words by thinking of them in syllables rather than remembering each letter separately.

There are six different types of syllables. Please see our post about syllable types for more information about syllables.We have also been working through each syllable type. This post focuses on R-controlled syllables, sometimes called “Bossy R Syllables.”

Words with r controlled syllables

What Are R Controlled Syllables?

R-controlled syllables are very distinct. They consist of a vowel followed by the letter’ r,’ and this ‘r’ significantly impacts how the vowel sounds.

What’s interesting is that these R-controlled vowels can be found at the start (artistic), middle (cart), or end of a word (far).

R Controlled Syllable

What are the characteristics Of R-controlled syllables?

Vowel-R syllables may resemble closed syllables, but they differ significantly in the way they work. Compare the words Cat and Car.

  • The word Cat is a closed syllable and is pronounced c-a-t.
  • The word Car is a bossy R syllable. The ‘r’ at the end of the word controls how the a is pronounced and changes the sound.

Whenever you encounter a vowel followed by ‘r’ in a word, it’s considered an r-controlled syllable.

What is a Syllable

Bossy r words

When Should We Teach R Controlled Syllables?

Teaching Vowel-R syllables can be tricky for kids because the ‘r’ changes how the vowels sound. It’s best to start teaching this in the first grade after students have learned about closed and open syllables, silent ‘e,’ and vowel teams.

This early introduction provides a solid foundation. However, it’s important to remember that mastering vowel-R syllables can be challenging for young learners. Continuous review and practice are vital during the first-grade introduction.¬†Revisiting and reinforcing this concept is important as students progress into the second grade.

What Are R Controlled Syllables

Words with r controlled syllables

We’ve sorted the R-controlled syllable word lists by vowels. The first set of words for each vowel are one-syllable and will be easier to read. The second chart has words with more than one syllable, which may be more challenging.

Ar Words With One Syllable

Car, far, jar, bar, tar, card, part, art, spark, star, hard, dark, farm, park, arm, dart.

Ar Words With Multiple Syllables

Harbor, army, market, farmer, target, garbage, partner, carbon, cargo, artist, carpet, party, pardon, reward, dollar, partly.

Er Words With One Syllable

Her, fern, stern, clerk, germ, verge, nerve, perch, verb, serve term, herd, herb, verse, merge, jerk.

Er Words With Multiple Syllables

Desert, sister, dinner, concern, expert, ever, servant, copper, perfect, observe, herself, butter, otter, person, silver, danger.

Ir Words With One Syllable

Girl, dirt, shirt, thirst, third, first, stir, whirl, mirth, birth, bird, skirt, twirl, sir, firm, fir.

Ir Words With Multiple Syllables

Circle, confirm, birthday, skirmish, girlfriend, aspire, dirty, thirty, birdcage, squirting, swirling, circus, thirsty, affirm, chirping.

Or Words With One Syllable

Storm, force, form, horse, north, short, for, sort, horn, or, torn, born, cork, corn, fork, torch.

Or Words With Multiple Syllables

Morning, forest, afford, corner, orbit, normal, orange, report, order, story, scornful, forty, support, accord, inform, anchor.

Ur Words With One Syllable

Burnt, fur, curve, hurt, turn, burst, surf, fur, curl, church, nurse, purse, curb, blur, burn, burp, lurch.

Ur Words With Multiple Syllables

Current, further, burger, return, turkey, purpose, occur, turtle, disturb, Thursday, murmur, burden, purple, burner, urgent, hurdle.

You will find an editable 4 X 4 table in the free printable. Fill the table with words and play a variety of games. Players can take turns reading one word aloud and cover it with a bingo chip. The first person to make a row wins. Change the game by asking kids to find a word's R-controlled syllable or to identify the number of syllables.

Bossy r game

You will find an editable 4 X 4 table in the free printable. Fill the table with words and play a variety of games. Players can take turns reading one word aloud and cover it with a bingo chip. The first person to make a row wins. Change the game by asking kids to find a word’s R-controlled syllable or to identify the number of syllables.

R controlled vowels word list

As a parent, you’re always looking for ways to support your child’s learning. Here are some easy ways to use the R-controlled syllable word lists to make learning fun.

    1. Create a syllable game: Cut apart some charts and create a sorting game where children must sort the words by vowels controlled by the R.

    1. Practice writing: Ask children to pick and use a word in a sentence. This helps build comprehension. Older children might want to write a story.

    1. Make a word wall: Parents can create a word wall at home with the words. This can help children with their reading and spelling skills.

    1. Put together a phonic notebook. Invite your children to choose some words from the lists. Write the words into their books and illustrate them.

    1. Play a matching game with two-syllable words. You will need some index cards. Write the first syllable on one card and the second syllable on another. Shuffle the cards and place them face down. Children turn the cards over two at a time and try to find the two that go together to create a word. To make it easier, place the cards with the first syllable on one side and the cards with the last syllable on the other.

    1. Spell 2 or 3-letter words with magnetic letters and ask your child to read them aloud. Insert the bossy R after the vowel and see how the sound changes. The words Cat, Far (prepare the howls of laughter), At, Had, Bid, Tap, Pat, and Pot could be used for this game.

    1. Make a fun word search: Choose various words from the word lists. Type them in a string, with each word separated by commas. Then copy and paste your list into this Word Search Puzzle Maker.

Download our free R-controlled syllable word lists! Learn all about this fun syllable type with the Bossy R!

r colored vowel

In closing, we sincerely hope that this collection of R-controlled word lists proves to be a helpful tool as you work on your child’s reading skills.

We’ve designed these resources carefully, and our ultimate goal is to make learning effective and enjoyable for you and your young learners. So, why wait? Don’t hesitate to download the free printables and dive into the wonderful world of R-controlled syllables with your child. Moreover, we encourage you to share this post with friends and fellow homeschoolers who might find this tool helpful. Together, we can inspire a love for learning and empower our children to become confident and skilled readers.

Download our free R-controlled syllable word lists! Learn all about this fun syllable type with the Bossy R!

R Controlled Vowel Printables

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