I have a fun activity today to help you teach that the Y vowel says E. It is perfect for thanksgiving time, but, you could do it at any time…here is how! First, I brainstormed a list of words that begin that use y as a vowel and words in which y as a vowel says the long e sound. These words included turkey, donkey, monkey, mommy, daddy, nanny, doggy, baby, bunny, funny, money, happy, candy.
Y makes the long e sound when it is used as a vowel in a word AND the word has more than one syllable. Y makes the long I sound when it is used as a vowel and the word only has one syllable: cry, fly, my, by, why, sky. So, to teach Y as a vowel, make sure you are helping students clap out the syllables in the word.
In order to help students practice this concept, I created a worksheet. Children can just read and count out the syllables, or they can write out the words, read, and count out the syllables. For extra practice I ask the students to write any additionally words that use y as a vowel making the long e word. You could also ask then to write words that have y making the long i sound and then clap out the syllables for each to show them it say long i when there is one syllable and it says long e in two syllable words. Mrs. Karle teaches the Y vowel making the long e and long i sound in her y phonics videos through her phonics reading program. Additionally, teching the y makes the long e sound works nicely when teaching day 102 of Mrs. Karle’s learn to read for free program. Y saying the long i sound is good for her Day 68 lesson.
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.