Spot and Dot – 3 syllables

Spot and Dot – 3 syllables

These blog posts are part of a program that is in development called Phonics the Easy Way. It is a phonics program that gives parents the information that they need in order to help their own kids with reading. These lessons are meant to be utilized with text that a parent is reading with their child vs. isolated skill and drills that do not transfer over into reading. These are the methods that I personally utilize in tutoring with my own students in reading online and I am able to increase their reading levels a full year with just 8-12 hours of instruction.


So far we have taken a look at using the spot and dot method to figure out the patterns of words so that we can read more words that have two syllables.  Today we are going to split up words that have three, four and five syllables to see how this process works.  Here is a review of the Spot and Dot Rules.

  1. Spot and dot each of the vowels.
  2. Connect the dots and count the consonants in between the vowels.
  3. If there is one consonant, then draw the line before.
  4. If there are two consonants, then draw the line between them.
  5. If there are three consonants, then draw the line between the consonant and the blend of digraph.

Let's take a look at a 3 syllable word.


First we spot all of the vowels for this word and they are a, e, i, and e.  Next connect the dots and count the consonants in between the vowels.  For the word advertise when you connect the a and the first e you will notice that there are two consonants, so draw a line between them both.  Continue connecting the dots and counting the consonants.  For the next set of dots there are also two consonants, so you will draw the line between the r and the t.  Now it is time to identify where each of the parts goes on the chart.




Open Silent E


Bossy R



Two vowels C + le

As you can see  ad- goes under closed, -ver- goes under bossy r, and -tise goes under silent e.  After the child has identified where each of these parts goes on the chart, she is ready to put the word together and read advertise.  Check out the video for a detailed example.

Here is a list of other three syllable words that you can practice this strategy on.

  • committee
  • percentage
  • headquarters
  • festival
  • percussion
  • distinguish
  • advantage
  • livelihood
  • bicycle
  • reasoning
  • episode
  • elephant
  • porcupine
  • afterward
  • obstacle
  • permission


  1. Fascinating look at reading strategy. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. why wasn’t learning this easy when I was in primary school? :)
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