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Silent E explained…with no help from the ponies

Silent E is tricky.

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.

“Cheese!”

“How does it look from this angle?”

Very funny, Oskar.

“Hee hee!”

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.

Silent E has five basic jobs.

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+le 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

  • Handyman E keeps a singular word from ending in s, as in An Icelandic is officially a HORSE, not a pony. Without the Silent E, horse would look like hors, which looks like a plural word at first glance.
  • Handyman E is added to distinguish between two homophones, like aw and awe, as in I am in AWE of Oskar’s creativity.
  • Handyman E is added to indicate a voiced /th/ sound in words such as breathe, as in Have you ever watched sleeping ponies BREATHE. The Silent E differentiates it from the unvoiced /th/ sound found in the word breath.
  • Handyman E is found in a few words in which the e used to be pronounced, as in COME and get it—hay is being served!

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…

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Mininderjit Kaur Randhawa

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It was informative as we wasn’t taught this way.

Amanda

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Love the cute pictures of the horses. We have horses, too. Thanks for the silent e post. We are excited to start All About Spelling in the fall.

kp

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LOL. thank you!

Terri

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I didn’t know all five jobs of the silent E, so it was hard to explain the non-long-vowel cases to my son. Thanks!

michelle parker

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Thanks for this post. We loved the pony. :)

Erin

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My daughter loved the photos and thought this was a much better way to learn spelling rules, delivered by a pony. Why didn’t I think of that?

DeeDee

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Love this~ Thank you!

SC

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Love the article, and the photos. This will make the job that much easier about explaining silent E to my 4.5 year old!!

Angela

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Thank you so much for the silent e jobs. I think I was taught to spell by rote, without always knowing why words were spelt a particular way.

judi

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Love the pictures! Good tips. I think I knew those things but I didn’t really KNOW them.

Pei

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Thank you for posting this helpful tip. Do you have tips on when to use er/ur/ir & /ough/ sound? Thank you!

Cute horeses and pics! I will be referring to this blog post for future reference. SO very helpful!!! Thank you, Marie!

Karena Kersten

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I love how you teach all of the rules for Silent E, and even made a book for it! Excellent!

Alison

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I think I am learning as much from AALP as my kids are! Who knew E was such a busy fella…

Jill

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Very helpful!

This post is so much fun! I can’t wait to show this to my dd to help her learn the silent e rule. She loves horses, so this is perfect!

Such a great post! And since my dd loves horses, this will be great to read to her to help explain the silent E rule! Thanks!

Heather Reich

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What a fun post!

Jessi

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Gotta remember these with my Kindergartner. He’s always sounding out the E at the end when it’s supposed to be silent. Just another thing on my list of “need to do” lol.

Elizabeth

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Love the 5 jobs! Great idea and what hilarious pictures. :)

Tiffany B.

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I loved this lesson and thanks so much for the laugh! The pics were the best :-)

Amy D

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Nice lesson and GREAT pics! :)

Marcie Tenk

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Such a fun post about Silent E! My daughter enjoys Electric Company and they explain that Silent E is a ninja. This post helps explain all the jobs of that ninja Silent E!

Lisa Hernandez

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What a great post about the silent E. I’ve heard so many good things about AAS, I’m excited to start using it this fall. I’m entering the current drawing, I hope I win!

Kristi

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Oh my goodness, life is so interesting when you begin to learn all of the REASONS behind why we spell words the way we do! These reasons you have listed are facinating. Thank you for sharing them….and those silly horses too.

Wendi

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Great listing of silent e rules. These will help my kids with spelling. Thank you.

Debbie

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Great list of silent e jobs!

Renee

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This was just too cute and very informative!!! :) Thanks!

Renatta Welsh

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My daughter is horse crazy so the pics caught my eye…and the information was great too!

Jennifer Madigan

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Great pictures. As I was reading this our daughter came in and saw the photos. She looked through them for 5 minutes at least and would have gone longer if I had let her.

BethanyK

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Great pictures! The kids thought the horses were hilarious, and I liked sneaking in a little extra lesson on that pesky silent E.

Linda L

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My children like horses. My youngest sometimes wonders what happened to all of the fun games and things to do from the previous grade. I think that the horses would add something that would help her to be more interested. It doesn’t have to be horses but it’s nice to get a helpful idea. Also, I like having a detailed instruction for learning about Silent e. Part of learning Silent e is easy to explain and sometimes there seems to be no explanation.

Kelly

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Super helpful tips! Keep them coming. Ordering our AAS level one soon, soon. Getting excited about opening new doors of understanding.

Penelope Wood

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Love these pictures, but more than that, I love the simplified explanation of the uses for silent “e.” We have been working through them, but nice to see in a succinct way. Thanks!

Christy McCort

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Love the pictures!! Great idea! Didn’t know e had so many jobs.

Angela Gerrard

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Thank you for breaking lessons down and explaining things so everyone can understand. Great post.

Beth

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Love the pictures, made me smile and my little ones crowded around to see what I was giggling at. :0) I am a good speller but I didn’t know all the jobs of E either. Hmm, guess I’m learning from AAS as well! I am so thankful I have these tools while teaching my kids to read and spell!

Rachel

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Interesting I read this today, and my daughter just finished the silent e lesson in level 2 last week. I won’t overwhelm her with all of these, but I had no idea the silent e had so many jobs. I am greatly benefiting from all about spelling. It’s not only been good for my children, I’m learning tons as well. I was never a good speller, and it’s awesome learning with them!!

Andrea

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Great reminder of All the jobs “e” does. Still loving the simplicity of your reading and spelling programs. My boys enjoyed seeing the lady who wrote their “rocket” books along with her horses! Thanks so much for investing your time and wisdom into these valuable programs.

Oh my goodness, I love those funny pictures!

Thanks for helping to explain the jobs of silent “e”……it’s one of those intimidating things to try to teach. =)

mandy

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Horse is adorable! Thanks for all your tips. I didn’t realize silent “e” had so many jobs!

Colleen McNiff

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Great tip! Thank you!!

Anne Downs

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I wish I had been taught this when I was in school! It would have made spelling so much easier!

Cute pictures! Great advice on the silent E. My boys need concrete information and this was very helpful. Thank you!

SheliaD

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My child has such trouble with the silent e, these rules are great for me, now I have to figure out how to covey them to him so that he doesn’t get overwhelmed.

Julie

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We are more than halfway finished with AAS Level 3, and my son loves the Silent E book. It has really taught BOTH of us a lot. I never learned any of those things when I was a child. I’m not sure how I ended up with good spelling skills, but I know why my son has them. Thank you!

Amy G.

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Love the horses and the help with silent e. I am always grateful to hear this kind of info I don’t remember receiving in school – not even in my elementary education courses in college!!!

Jackie

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Thanks so much for the silent e lesson. Who knew!

Charis

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Thanks for putting all the uses for silent e in one place. Very helpful.

Dianne

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we are currently doing the silent E booklet. I will have to show my son these cute pics of the horse. Thanks!!

Dianne

Chrystina S

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Holy WoW! Those are some amazing horses. Love the blog and I have to get my hands on the product, especially reading. My 7-year-old son is having such a hard time. He was born very premature, 31 weeks, and wondering if that is lending to some sort of learning issue. Need to correct it quickly!

Wendy Doster

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Wow! Didn’t realize ‘silent e’ had so many jobs! And yes, I do know what it is like to try to get good photos and only get silly. I can’t seem to get good shots of either of our pets. Been trying to get a good video of our cat attacking our dog to send to AFV because my daughter wants to. Every time I pull out the video camera they stop chasing each other though. RRRRR!!!!

Jennifer Brunsvold

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What a great post – my boys loved reading about your horses and learning at the same time!! :)

Marne Peterson

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I have been lucky to enjoy horses most of my life. We just lost our 31 year old arab a year ago last January. He had a very silly personality like your icelandic ponies, and it made me remember his antics also. We are slowly moving thru level 2 now so haven’t learned ALL the jobs that silent E’s have yet. This has helped my son so much to be able to figure out his spelling words in other subjects that he has written work. He is finally being able to apply his spelling to new situations……YEA!!!

Sarah

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Thank you for sharing Kjarkur and Oskar with us. My kids enjoyed seeing this post.

Tracey M.

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This was hilarious! Thank you for sharing. My daughter will get a kick out of this post – she has a recent love for horses. Alyssa LOVES AAS 1 and we look forward to using level 2 very soon. I am hoping to purchase it at the convention in April.
Thank you,
Tracey M.
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Rhonda

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Wow Silent E is a buy guy! I never knew he did so much.

Shawn

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Funny! This is a great post on explained the silent E! I love the pictures AND the information! thanks

Daniel

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Thank you for sharing, the horse is a cute added bonus :)

Pati

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thank you for sharing all five functions of silent e. Will share with my children this week.

Stephanie

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I LOVE the photos!! We live on a farm and it seems like the animals always know when I want a serious picture and refuse to comply :O) I was totally distracted by them. However, I loved the post on silent “e”. I had forgotten how many hats he wears. Sometimes it’s hard to teach things because I just “know” them and forget the details of how I learned them. This post is a perfect example and will be very helpful tomorrow during phonics :O) Thanks!!!

Lydia

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Your program works beautifully with all my learners. I have never been so throughly happy with a curriculum before. Keep up the good work!

Sharon

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I love the pictures and learned something new about the jobs for silent e

Kristi

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Those horse pictures are great!

Ellen

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Thanks for the helpful tips!

Scott

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That’s too funny!

Lisa

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Love this post! The pictures were funny and entertaining! Will be sharing this one!!

Amy M

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What a fun and creative post! I learned something new and am excited to begin using AAS 1 with my son in the Fall!

Carrie S.

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Thanks for explaining Silent E’s jobs in a clear but fun way. That list will definitely be part of our school day.

Jenny Kurtz

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My daughter loves horses! Theese post involving the horses really will help with her lessons. I, like some of the others have posted don’t remember all the spelling rules from school! Your guided teacher’s books are such a blessing for me. Thanks so much for all your hard work at making spelling & reading so much more enjoyable for my kids! :)

Shelly

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I have 4 kids so every day of my life it is hard to take pictures of them…:) When we have had someone take pictures of our family, we’ve realized that either a dance party or suckers are big helps:) Great pictures, and thanks for the $50 giveaway offer!

Lexi

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Love the photos! Hilarious!

Marie Johnson

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Ohh that is so wonderful! Love the pictures!

Carol Paine

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Loved the “jobs” of silent and handyman E. I find it helpful to anthropomorphize rules and lessons so that my children retain them better.

amy

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Fun explanation!

amanda l.

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I love your program!

Jeanna

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Love the faces! What a joy the horses must be for you. Thanks for explaining silent-e in a way my children can understand.

Krystal

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Love the pictures! Every time I try to sneak pictures of my kids, they hear the flash pop open and whip their heads around and start cheesing it up. Always!

-Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

Melissa

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Thanks for the helpful article and great pictures :)

Samantha

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I am so excited to use these programs with my boys! They take away all the doubts I had about teaching them to read and spell. I have been so worried about HOW to teach them EVERYTHING they would need to know without leaving things out. So many programs don’t hit every rule or the layout of the program doesn’t make sense.

Judy Juarez

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What perfect timing… we are just starting AAS 4 and in reviewing for the first lesson, realized that we needed to go over the jobs of silent e. I said, “No problem, we’ll do that tomorrow,” and then I see this post. :)

Nathalie Balduck

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That is a very nice overview of the silent e jobs. Thank you!

Janee Campbell

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Kids luuuuuuuuved the photo’s. My son keeps asking to see them again. Oskar is a character!

Billie

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I just loved the horse photos. My daughter loves horses so MAYBE they can help her with remembering silent E. This program is the BEST I have used.

Beth

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I never realized that E had so many jobs! Very informative! Thank you!

Caterina Mangano

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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for the post

Kristi

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This post is adorable, thank you for your teaching tips,

kay

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Great photo’s of the ponies. We appreciate your teaching tips each week!

Michelle

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Thanks for the silent e tips! And your ponies are so cute!

Jonana

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Love these pictures! Thanks for the silent e tips, too.

Cynthia Carlson

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It really is neat how many more words a person can read and spell when they understand the silent E rules.

Allison

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I am very excited about your program. I’ve loved everything I’ve read about it so far. As a former public school elementary teacher, it helps me feel confident in homeschooling when I feel confident about the materials I’m using! (Your cirriculum is chosen for you in public school, and the experts have already reviewed it, so you basically have to assume you can feel confident about it. It’s scary to move from that to finding everything on your own.) I love how you explain rules, give nicknames, make it fun, etc! I like knowing WHY things work they way they do in language. Thanks for all you do!

Kelly

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We are working through the silent e book in level 3 aas right now – great timing! My kids loved your silly pony pix!

Yolanda

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These are hee-larious! ( is spelling-or misspelling- humor allowed?!! :) )

Love those teeth!

Kerry zawadzki

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Love the horses and all your helpful tips. My eldest is having fun with pre-1. Thanks

Jacqui

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I have been researching your program for some time now. Definitely going to get for my 8 yr old son. I love your tips and enjoy getting your updates in my email. Entering for the giveaway for this week. Hope I win!

Shelby

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I seem to have that problem a lot with my three kids, especially my 19 year old son. Lots of cloes-ups of his hand. : /
My daughter loves her Silent E Book!

Michelle

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We are discussing silent E right now so these pictures are perfect timing. How adorable are these? We really enjoyed these! Thank you.

Natalie Y.

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Love the pics! Thanks for all the great info on silent E, since I’m not a native I wasn’t aware of all of it.

Tracy

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A pony? I don’t think I would have ever thought of that. My daughters love ponies.

Sherry Podoba

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This was so cute! Reminds me of my daughter’s pony.

Rachel Keeler

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Just the straightforward explanation I needed… thank you!

Shannon C

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My son really needs help grasping silent “E”. He will often try to make short vowels long even on cvc words after we have spent time working on long vowels. It can be frustrating.

Emily

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I really like how you lay rules out. I am looking forward to getting AAS and AAR.

Christie Jester

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That was really cute! Thanks for sharing- my kiddos will love to see this =)

Wendy B.

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Hilarious! My 4 yo son laughed out loud at the horsey pics! What a great teaching method you have! Thanks!

Jenn

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Thanks for laying it all out for us Marie. I love your materials!

rvsmanibabu

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Respected Marie Mam
Let me wish you today Happy women day.
This is mani.
your lessons are really superb.
do you have any full completed cd on english spellings.
if so, please reply
with best regards

Treasure

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I love how you’ve explained all the reasons for silent e. I learned all these things intuitively, so it’s really great to have it all spelled out.

alicia stokes

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Hi-larious! Yes I’m the mother who snaps fifty shots of that one moment. But I often prefer the not so “perfect” ones that define the trueness of the moment. Kids are kids!

Judy

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Your horse pictures look a lot like my kids when I try so hard to get them all to smile or look somewhat decent. Thank you for the silent e help.

Angela Marpole-Cotter

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Dear Marie,
I love the pictures of your horses, they look lovely. My sister has a large Thoroughbred/Warm Blood cross, but I’ve always thought if I were ever able to have a horse, I’d go with an Icelandic. Thanks also for the Silent E jobs, I only knew the basic, so it will help my third graders. Cheers, Angela

Stefani

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I’m a very good speller, but I never knew these rules! (Guess I was just a good memorizer.) Glad to know English makes more sense than I thought. And my kids laughed out loud seeing your ponies silly faces. :)

Shannon S.

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LOL My 6 yo son is giggling hysterically over the photos of your pony and has asked to see them over and over. Thanks for the photos and the expl. of silent E :)

Kelly

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Great reminder post about silent E! Cute pictures too!

Michelle

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They are so cute!!

Peggy

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Very funny! Love All About Spelling!

Joelle

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We love horses, especially my 9 year-old daughter. We loved the way you explained the jobs of silent e. Thank you!!

Chris

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we were just studying about silent e the other day, these are great tips!

Danielle Hull

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Hahaha! Too bad the kids are in bed, or I’d share! I am so glad the “rules” have changed, or are more clearly explained, these days! Thanks!

Becky

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Love this! Thanks for the silent “e” review!

evelyn

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Very cute, at least they have an excuse; they’re horses. It is frustrating to say the least when my kids do it.

Heather

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Thanks for sharing the jobs of “e”. It just keeps reminding me that I want to start with AAR and AAS while he’s learning to read, not much later when typical spelling programs usually are introduced.

Brianna

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LOL! What great pics and a wonderful way to highlight all those Silent E jobs. Great review for my dd. We enjoy AAS and will be adding AAR next year most likely.

Lana

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Thanks for the timely post. We are learning/have just learned some of these rules. I’m going to share these helpful photos with my son tomorrow. I think he’ll love them.

Gaylene

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This first year homeschool mom is so grateful for this opportunity to gain such incredibly helpful teaching information. Thank you for this blog & all who share in its commentary…what an encouragement and a greater sense of confidence to help light the way! :-)

Allison

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Love the pics! Thanks for the info about silent E. I never knew all of that!

I never thought about E that way before!

Dawn

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I’ve been teaching the 5 jobs of silent e and it has been very helpful to my son!

Athena

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What wonderful photos!! Such personality!!

tracy

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This list is AMAZING! Who knew???? Well, I suppose I did know, but would never have thought to teach them on my own. Thank you!

Lisa Rose

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My horse-crazed girls are far too excited over the great horse pics to worry about the silent E … I will try and re-explain later when they have stopped laughing and clamed down … lol They said thank you for the fantastic pictures!

Brooke

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Beautiful horses and snow!! I am a Texas girl but I LOVE snow and don’t see it much…lol.
I have never known all five of Silent E’s jobs. Thank you so much for your curriculum. My son
is doing so amazing! And I feel so confident I am giving him the foundation he needs with no gaps!
Thanks Marie

Amanda

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Your ponies are adorable!

Nicole

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Cute post, love the pics!

Lynne

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Love the horses! Thanks!

Kari

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We learned those 5 rules with this little sentence: “Times have changed little goose.”
Time(s) (rule #1)
have (#2)
changed (#3)
Little (#4)
Goose (#5)
It’s easy to remember the rules this way!

KT

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Thank you for the rule help! Are these included in one of the spelling levels? We are at the end of level 1 and I haven’t seen the other levels yet to know if this explanation is provided later. Like another comment here, I feel the spelling rules need to be made into visual elements so I make mini color posters to depict the rule as best as I can and include them in our Language Journal for daily review. Just the oral review with the blue rule cards is not enough for visual learners. Thanks for the consistently great curriculum!

Heidi B

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So many words that I thought were exceptions, are actually part of a rule I didn’t know about. How useful!

Robin

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Thank you so much for all the great tips. I knew of a few of silent E’s jobs, but not all of them. We love AAS, you all do such a great job at explaining everything! Your horses are adorable!

Leah Gerry

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I love these pictures! What fun you must have! And thanks for the explanantion!

Cindy

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Hi Marie,
We love All About Spelling! I take all of the spelling rules and tips that you offer, and whip them up into colorful, 1-page mini-posters, print them out, and display them on our homeschool classroom walls. My posters look quite amateur, but (*hint hint*) I bet AAS could make beautiful posters of the spelling rules, and could make a healthy profit with them, too! (Just a nice idea for your next best-selling product!). Thanks for summarizing the spelling rules so nicely. Blessings, Cindy

Cheryl

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Thanks for this fun post. It will certainly help my son (and me!) remember the jobs of silent “e.”

rose

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Haha! Funny post. Thanks for keeping learning fun. ;)

Christina Gradwell

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We love the “Silent E” book that comes with the All About Spelling program. We really do feel like detectives as we study words to determine what job “e” is performing. I use AAS with all of my school age children (3 boys currently using levels 3, 2 and 1), and I highly recommend the program. I did well in school, but even I am learning as I teach AAS to my boys. Thanks for a super program.

MaryAnne

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Adorable! And very informative. I can’t wait to show my kids!!

Lara

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I love the All about spelling program. I wish I had been taught this way & I wish that i had known about it when I started teaching my oldest child. It is by far the best spelling program out there!

Cathy

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I loved the pictures of your horses! What characters! Your explanation of the jobs of e is very helpful. I teach reading intervention at a public school, and I love reading and using your articles. Thanks!

Laurie

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LOVE the photos and the tips about silent “e”. It seems that I only see “silent e makes the vowel say its name” rule but my struggling reader asks “what about—?” and I don’t know how to answer. These tips help me say “oh, ya”

Tracy Leonard

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Love the article! How do you think of these things? My daughter loves horses as well, so that’s a big plus!

Merry

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love it! Your horses are adorable, tongues, teeth and all!

Lori TenHaken

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Love the pictures and the beautiful snow in the background. My son is enjoying the many jobs the silent E takes on. And he loves his silent E book in level 3.
Thanks for your hard work!
Blessings,
Lori and Ian

Jennifer

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I loved the pictures they are wonderful… I also appreciate the 5 roles silent e has in reading. This is very benificial to both myself and my students.

We purchased your AAS curriculum for our 5th grade daughter. She just wasn’t picking it up from our curriculum. She *loves* your program, which makes life so much easier! After I show her your ponies, she’ll be a follower for life! ;o)

Marie Rippel

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That’s good to hear, Amy! So glad it’s working for your daughter!

Laura

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My daughter has been wrestling with the “silent e” concept – I really think showing her the blog with the horses will REALLY help. Especially since that is what she’s “into” right now, at eleven years old.

Karen

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My crew loves the Silent E Book that comes with AAS Level 3! What a great tool to walk through the jobs of the silent E! Thank you for this magnificent program!!

Marie Rippel

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Hi Karen! I’m glad your crew likes the Silent E book! :) It’s one of my favorite parts of AAS Level 3.

Loretta Musser

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Love the teaching tips…I need all the help I can get. THanks.

Melanie

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Great analogy & gorgeous horses! Thanks.

Stacy

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We have been doing the silent e book and it has been a huge help for my son(and for me!)

Shannon

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Cute pictures! I’m have trouble with my toddler right now getting picture of him, once he sees the the camera he wants to take the pictures. I have countless pictures of him reaching for the camera crying “my smile”. If only reverse psychology worked and if I started crying he’d let me take his picture. What happened to my little ham?

Kathy

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We got the giggles from the horses’ antics. We love animals with personalities. Thanks for making the tips for the silent “E” fun!

Lindsay

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I love these photos! What great personalities. And what a great explanation about silent e. That is what I love about AAS, everything is explained so clearly – it makes it so much easier to learn.

Carola

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My DD7 loves when she gets to enter new words to her silent E book.

Julia

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Thank for the tips on teaching Silent E and the pics of Oskar are great too. He’s a cutie.

dawn

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those are gorgeous horses.
i am loving the e rules. i only ever thought they had one job too!

WendyB

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These are the faces my 12 yr old (who has Asperger’s Syndrome) makes when he has to do phonics! LOL

Lisa

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My boys loved the horse photos! The oldest even giggled. :)

Patricia

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Thanks for all the rules. I didn’t remember them from years ago. Now that I home school, I am learning a lot..:-)

Carrie

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I was never “officially” taught all the jobs of the silent e….so seeing them in a list like this is very helpful!

Julie

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Thanks for this post. I learned a couple of new rules myself :). Your horses are too cute!

Kim

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thanks so much

william fuller

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thanks for the silent e rules… i got most of them.. nice to see i still remember things… from elementary school…. = : >

jazmoh

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Love the ideas, and the hors…….e

Sarah

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Thanks for laying out all the rules! My daughter knows the first only, but I assume we’ll cover the rest in spelling as we go along! :) Your horses are beautiful. :)

Marie Rippel

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Hi Sarah! Yes, your daughter will be learning all five jobs of Silent E in the All About Spelling series. We teach one at a time in order to avoid confusion. :)

Jacqueline

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I love the sense of humor the Lord has shown in His creation! It is wonderful to be able to take everyday things and apply our recent learning to them. “School” is not just for school time!

Michelle

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I thought the pictures were great and thanks for the tips on Silent E. I never thought of all the ways it is used. It does make more sense when you know the rules.

Carol Lyn Wauford

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Great pictures! Thanks

april yedinak

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Great pics and a good lesson on silent E. I can’t believe all the rules I forgot.

pam

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Great tips! Your horses are something else!

Carolyn

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I love these pics!! Also, love the way AAS teaches about silent E. Awesome!!

Beth

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Thanks for the tips–I would say that you still got some great photos! I love the one with the cheesy grin.

Chantel

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WE have been discussing silent E. This should help. Thanks

Dawn

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The silent e lessons in AAS have been so helpful to both my children and my EFL students. Thank you for more tips and fun ways to present lessons.

michelle

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Wow, I didn’t even realize all of these rules! I better brush up myself before passing on the rules. Honestly, I’m dreading this task, as it is tricky to explain why our language is so crazy! Thanks for making it a little more manageable though.

Marie Rippel

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Hi Michelle! Like you, most people never learned all of the reasons for Silent E. That’s why we made AAS scripted, so you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. The English language isn’t really that crazy when you know all of the rules and patterns. You may find it comforting to know that 97% of words follow the rules, leaving only 3% that don’t.

Karla

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Thanks for the pictures they look cute

Janice Powell

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Thanks for the great tips and pointers – and “reasons” for spelling and pronunciation. Makes so much more sense!

Angie

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This is wonderful! I just introduced Silent E yesterday…can’t wait to show this to my sons.

Amber

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Just like kids! What a funny post!

Janet Andrews

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Job #4 sometimes gets confused with words ending in “el,” at my house. “Sigh.”

Sabrina

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Oh my goodness….thanks for the laugh today!
I am constantly trying to take a “decent” pic of my 3 little ones but to no avail! They are constantly goofing around or uncooperative.

Marci

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I love (re)learning these rules. It’s funny how we can know how to read the English language but not be able to explain how it all works. Thanks.

Nicole Douglas

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Now I wonder what would happen if you were trying to get silly pictures from the ponies…I wonder if they’d be serious then! :)
Kind of like kids…you ask them to do one thing and they end up doing the opposite. A little reverse psychology in order here?

Marie Rippel

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Maybe that’s it! I like your idea of applying reverse psychology on them. I’ll make goofy faces at them, and they’ll just stare at me like I’ve gone crazy. :)

Kendra White

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What fun pictures! Your horses sure have character. I had never had all those rules explained to me either. Very good to know.

Jen M.

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Oh my gosh – this is so great! We are in the process of transitioning from one “program” to AAS and this is the type of post that makes me so excited! My oldest and I are going to start working through it this summer so we BOTH can learn how to spell (my spelling is just really bad!). As I have been teaching phonics to him, I have figured out some of these jobs already – or at least observed them – but to have this written plainly is so great!

And working with my kids – none of my pictures seem to come out the way I plan :)

Kristi

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This article is SO HELPFUL…. and the ponies are very funny!

Cyndi N

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Oh my goodness! My horse-loving dd is fascinated with your pony pics! She would crawl right into the computer if she could.

Thank you for the “Silent E” post. My dd has delays from Epilepsy. She struggles with phonics/spelling and I appreciate every hint & tip I can get :)

Marie Rippel

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Hi Cyndi! I’m glad your daughter is enjoying the pony pics! I was a horse-crazed girl once, too. :)

Stacey

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Love the pictures of the horses and the information on silent E; didn’t know he did so much !

Tammy

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Thanks for the help. I didn’t know all five jobs, but it seems I’m learning quite a bit with my kids! Thanks, also for the correct pronunciation of Kjarkur–it would have bothered me all day! :)

Deann

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Thanks for the tip and pictures. My middle daughter has been struggling with the “magic E” and the c and j sound. She enjoyed the pictures and got a phonics lesson. I think it will help her remember them.

Angela

says:

What characters!

Joy

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They are beautiful horses even if they wouldn’t pose! :)

Aja

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Very cute blog post and good information in a fun way! We are currently using All About Spelling 1 and hope to purchase 2 for the fall. :)

Nanner

says:

Thanks for explaining the silent E roles. We are ready to do some review of our rules… this will be a big help.

Joni

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LOVE the silly pics! Sometimes the silly ones bring the best memories! Thanks for the silent e tips!

Peggy

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As a mother of eight, five boys and three girls, you can only imagine the difficulties we have in capturing a nice family photo! Sometimes I just have to give in and go with the goofy. After all maybe the best thing to do is to capture them as they really are; fun-loving and full of life!

Marie Rippel

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Hi Peggy,
That’s a great way to look at it: “just capture them as they really are: fun-loving and full of life”! :)

Sarah

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Thanks for explaining silent E in more depth! I never knew it had so many jobs!

Robin

says:

We didn’t either. Guess we still have a lot to learn

Carrie Tomlin

says:

Love the pics. My son does as well. He connects with horses! They can teach sounds ;)

Shawne

says:

Love the horses…and the snow! Can’t wait to share this with my daughters.

Chantal

says:

What great helpers!! Love the photos

Katie

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I love these pictures and my kids got a kick out of them as well. :)

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