It’s time to give a lesson about putting “be” in front of a word. A number of words are formed this way: before, because, benign, belittle, between, behave … and on and on. Many children have difficulty with these words because they do not figure out on their own that the be- portion of the word is a separate syllable, or what we call a prefix.
So, for example, when trying to read the word begin they will start by sounding like this: beg. And, of course, this includes the short-e sound, which means they are completely headed in the wrong direction.
If we teach them that though beg and its derivatives (like begging, begged, and beggar) are words, many words are actually started with the word be used as a prefix, we will give them great aid in their reading.
I made a card and put it in the binder with all the other cards:
Discerning the difference between a word using the prefix be and other words that simply start with the letters be takes time. It is more of an art. So be patient, keep them practicing, and they’ll get it in time.
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