In the elementary years of school students spend time learning about “silent e” words. They’re the words in which the “silent e” transforms or changes the vowel sound in the middle. When “silent e” is placed at the end of a word, it changes the vowel to its “long” vowel sound or makes the vowel say its name. Some examples of “silent e” at work; “can” changes to “cane” or “van” into “vane”.
Here is a classic video clip about “silent e” from the popular kid’s PBS show “The Electric Company”.
There are lots of resources available online to teach and practice spelling/writing conventions for young students. Star Fall is a fantastic site for beginning readers. Here is a fun way to learn more about “silent e” from Star Fall’s Learn To Read site.
Enjoy and have fun spelling words with our old friend “silent e“!