Once your child has learned letter sounds and can decode short consonant-vowel-consonant words, he/she might be ready to learn about the “What’s Your Name? E”. This special “e” occurs when it is split from another vowel with a consonant letter between them and is almost always silent (examples: shine, wipe, note, etc.).
Although this concept is taught with different names, I chose to continue teaching it similar to the way that Pathways to Reading, the first grade phonemic awareness and phonics curriculum I used, teaches this phonics skill. The idea for the popsicle stick “e” was inspired by Krazy About Kiddos.
I wasn’t planning on teaching Big Brother this concept quite yet, but I have noticed that he has been confused and sometimes frustrated when he comes across a word with a long vowel sound when reading (and says every short vowel sound in a word like “gate”, even the /e/ sound on the end). Although it would probably be best to teach consonant and vowel digraphs before I teach a phonics concept such as this one, I knew this would help his independent reading ability so we forged on. :)
1. Print out the What’s Your Name? E document and laminate it, if you choose.
Option #1: Create a magnet from the printable, using Magnetic Sheets (which we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com).
Place the sunburst shape onto a small piece of the sticky side of the magnet…
…and trim along the lines.
Option #2: Mount the What’s Your Name? E onto a popsicle stick with glue or tape.
Using your Build-a-Word Tray, make a typical Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) word: Here are some words to get you started
not ——> note
hat ——> hate
wip ——> wipe
cut ——> cute
shin ——> shine
man ——> mane
hop ——> hope
Here is a video demonstrating this lesson. This was the second time that I introduced Big Brother to this concept, so he was already somewhat familiar with it.