In Bob Books Set 2, Book 9, we introduce the long-o sound — this is where o says its name. Not only is this an easy one for our students to grasp, but it opens the door to a number of common words.
Here’s the binder card:
In the second lesson, you’re going to introduce the vowel sound for y — where y says i’s name. Here’s the binder card for that one:
Now is as good a time as ever to admit that sometimes e is silent. I like to use this example because here we have a homonym situation. In this case, the words bye and by sound the same, but have very different meanings, and the spelling is slightly different. I use this to explain that adding the silent-e is one way that we are able to distinguish which word an author is using.
Remember that always using these words in a sentence the first time we introduce them helps a lot for this sort of thing.
Another thing to mention to your students is that this book uses words sometimes we will write in all capitals to make a word seem extra loud.
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