Session Seven-- Magic E Syllable, Kindergarten Style!by Cathy Angel on 04/21/20
Today I realized that one nine-word Tic-Tac-Toe could teach the Magic E Syllable to my kindergarten grandson. He is not at all interested in me telling him about rules and syllable types, so I have to sneak knowledge in during games. You might remember me saying that we do a quick Tic-Tac-Toe game each lesson. He likes these games because they are quick and he wins every time. Many times, this is the first thing he chooses to do during our lesson. Although he always asks to see his cousin's graphs before we start anything!
He is getting quite efficient at spelling and reading closed syllable words. I wanted to move him forward into another syllable type without spending a lot of time explaining it. The Tic-Tac-Toe provided the perfect opportunity. On the Tic-Tac-Toe board, I wrote these words: make, bake, time, Pete, bite, mule, woke, ride, and cape. He already knew the word 'make' from his sight word card pack, so he picked that word first. That allowed me to use his knowledge of that vowel sound to talk about the "Magic E" at the end of each of the words. It was amazing how quickly he adjusted to reading them after we sang:
"When Magic E sprinkles its dust
When Magic E sprinkles its dust
It makes the vowel say its alphabet name
When Magic E sprinkles its dust!"
He was able to read all nine words quite easily! We will see tomorrow how much he remembers!
Profound Thought # 16 One new rule goes a long way in learning to read!
Stay tuned for our next adventure!