There are five vowels in the English language but they make a variety of sounds. Vowel ‘i’ makes the short sound in ‘rip’ but the long sound in ‘ripe.’ When combined with e(ie) and gh(igh), i makes the long vowel sound as in tie, fries, light, high, etc. Understanding vowel sounds can be quite challenging for our little ones because of this reason. In this post, we will be discussing how to make the long i sound with the help of Silent e. When e comes at the end of a word, it remains silent but it changes the short vowel sound in the word into a long vowel sound. Teaching this rule is extremely important since there are a ton of words with Silent e. Understanding this rule will help kids read the magic e words with ease.
‘Silent E’ is also called ‘Bossy e’ or ‘Magic e.’
There are 8-word lists for -ice words, -ide words, -ike words, -ime words, -ine words, -ipe words, -ire words, -ite words and -ive words.
Let’s discuss the ‘silent e word list‘ Pack.
The first list is for -ime words. Dime, lime, mime, time, slime, crime, chime etc. are long vowel i words with silent e.
Teaching the concept of silent e can be a lot of fun. Silent e can jump over a consonant but it stays silent. Silent e jumps over the consonant in front of it, taps the vowel, and orders it to say its name.
Let’s take an example.
Dim had the short i sound. When we add magic e to it, it becomes dime. Silent ‘e’ jumps over the consonant ‘m’ and taps ‘i’ asking it to say its name. Silent e remains silent.
The second magic e word list is for -ine words. Dine, fine, mine, nine, brine, shine, swine, spine etc. are long vowel i words with magic e.
The next bossy e word list is for -ide words. Bide, hide, ride, side, tide, slide, snide, chide etc. are long vowel i words with bossy e.
The above bossy e word list is for -ire words. Sire, dire, fire, shire, wire, quire, umpire etc. are long vowel i words with bossy e.
The fifth magic e word list is for -ice words. ice, dice, lice, mice, nice, slice, spice, thrice etc. are long vowel i words with magic e.
Soft C rule: When c is followed by ‘e i or y,’ c changes its sound. It starts making the sound /s/ as in step, sap etc.
Example of soft C rule – circus, cell, cent, cycle, circa, etc. are some examples of the soft c rule words. I will discuss this rule in detail in a later post.
Ice, dice, suffice, entice, rice, vice, price etc. are long vowel i words with magic e. Listen to how the sound of /c/ changes to /s/ because ‘c’ is being followed by ‘e.’
The above bossy e word list is for -ipe words. Wipe, swipe, ripe, pipe, cripe etc. are long vowel i words with bossy e.
The seventh magic e word list is for -ite words. Bite, lite, site, white, smite, spite, etc. are long vowel i words with magic e.
The last word list is for -ive words. Dive, five, hive, live, chive, drive, etc. are long vowel i words with silent e.
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