But I had this great idea to explain the five reasons for Silent E. I took my camera out to the horse barn to visit Kjarkur and Oskar, my Icelandic horses, in their warm winter woolies.
This is Kjarkur (pronounced Kee-yar-kur). Isn’t he a sweetie?
I thought he could help me explain the Silent E in words like love and thick mane and snuggle bug. Doesn’t he look sweet and cooperative?
Wait. What is this?
Is that a bit of attitude coming out? Oh, dear. I don’t expect that kind of behavior from you.
That’s the kind of thing I’d expect from Oskar.
“Who, me?” Yes, you, Oskar. You are a pill. Always goofing off.
“How does it look from this angle?”
Very funny, Oskar.
I tried to get some nice photos, but Oskar kept sticking his nose in the camera, and all I have are dozens of silly shots.
So I’ll have to explain the reasons for Silent E without help from my boys.
Job #1: Silent E makes the vowel before it long, as in FUNNY JOKE .
Job #2: Silent E can make c and g soft (say /s/ or /j/), as in SILLY FACE.
Job #3: Silent E keeps u and v from being the last letter in the word, as in LOVE YOU.
Job #4: Silent E adds a vowel to syllables with the Consonant+l–e pattern, as in YOU MAKE ME GIGGLE.
Job #5: Handyman E takes care of the jobs the other e’s don’t cover, such as
Just about everyone knows about Silent E’s first job, but few people know all five jobs. When you teach all five jobs, spelling and reading make much more sense!
Now, have you ever had one of those days when you really wanted to get some good photos, but everything was working against you? Please share!
I’m off to delete a bunch of goofy photos from my camera…