Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Magic of Silent E

Selena for one reason or another began to struggle a bit with the silent e. We have gone over this quite a bit and I thought she understood it. For what ever the reason she was struggling with it today in her reading, so I grabbed our phonics tiles and we did some exercises using the silent e.

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We first started with making a three letter word like mad. We discussed how the silent e works and then I had Selena add it to her word to get made. Then I let her make her own three letter word. She made tap. I asked her to add the silent e and tell me what word she had now.


We practiced this with several words. I thought it was cute when Selena started sliding the silent e from one end of the table over to the word, very magical you know.


I just can’t express enough how much Selena loves playing with her phonics tiles. She can spend hours making words. In fact at one point she asked me to come see her word, she had rsti and informed me that it said Kristi. Pretty close, so I asked her to go back and sound it out. She still thought rsti should spell Kristi though.

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  1. It's great that she enjoys doing this.

    Silent e can be tricky.

  2. Games do make learning easier, don't they?

  3. Awwww, how cute!

    My boys like to grab a bunch of random letters and have me read the words, it's kind of silly, but it amuses me.

  4. Playing games is the best way to learn, isn't it? Anna also can spell something wrong and "read" it back to me correctly. I wonder how her mind works. She is such a fluent reading, yet she cannot move beyond CVC words in spelling.