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For the past few weeks, my Five has been learning to read silent e words. He is actually a very good reader already, thanks to the books I’ve read to him and the sight word books and phonics activities we’ve been doing together since he was in preschool.
Like my older two kids, though, his reading started taking off before we’d gotten very far with phonics. This means that he can read many long words in context but not in isolation. We’re taking a little step back and reviewing basic phonics understandings. After spending a lot of time on CVC words and blends, we’re finishing up our work with silent e words.
I’m not big on worksheets, so we didn’t start with them. We began with these fold and read cards. They’re super easy to print and prepare, and they’re a great learning tool for kids to see how short vowel words become new words when you add an e.
Another favorite activity is our four in a row games.
This follow the path game is another quick way to review short u and u-e words.
After he returned home from morning kindergarten, I showed my Five the stack of ten worksheets. I told him he could choose five to do. He started with the Read & Stamp page. He was so proud to see his finished work! (I’ve had these alphabet stamps since my teaching days… love ’em!)
Next, he chose the correct spelling of each short u or u-e word.
The Fill in the Word pages are his favorite. These are great for him because he reads so well – but for children with very basic reading skills, they might be too difficult. Remember not to frustrate your child with worksheets.
Some of the pictures for u-e words are tough (such as dune, fuse, and mute), but learning them is a great vocabulary builder.
Finally, he loves to draw – so the Draw the Word page was his final choice.
We hope you and your learners enjoy these!