"What sound does E make?"

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Posted 11/12/2010 by libis in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:37:21 PM
DS has started asking us what sounds letters make; lots of them are easy; B and S and T... but I don't know how to explain vowels (including Y)

If I use the long sound ("E" sounds like "Eeeee" he gets confused and thinks I'm just saying the name of the letter again! LOL

So wanna help me decide what sounds to use for vowels? Cuz I'm stuck! LOL



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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:40:02 PM
Short e says /e/ like in ed and edge. I teach my kids to pull the sides of their mouth back (like Mr Ed the horse from yesteryear) that helps make the /e/ sound

I wouldn't worry so much about teaching y as a vowel just yet.


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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:42:18 PM
Just explain that vowels have two sounds -- sometimes they say their name, like "EEEEEEEE," and sometimes they say their short sound, like "eh" for "elephant"...

(For "y," I'd keep it simple -- it mostly acts like an "i," in that it can say "EYE" or "ih"... but it can also commonly say "EEE," like "candy"...)


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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:42:54 PM

I wouldn't worry so much about teaching y as a vowel just yet.

It's not about teaching it, it's about answering him! LOL
I honestly can't come up with a good sound for "Y" all on its own!



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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:44:13 PM
Actually, he's probably more concerned with "y" as a consonant, in which case it says, "yuh," like "yellow"...


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I behold you riding with my love throughout the town,
And I bite my thumb at you.
Methinks the ducats in my purse are sorely lacking,
And I bite my thumb at you
And at her, too.
Were I but richer, I would be her suitor
Is this not a patent fact?
Though it pains me to the quick, I will salute her still
The aforementioned way: I bite my thumb.

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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:46:31 PM
I told my kids the long vowels "say their name".

Y? We just made the "yu" sound for that one.

I think it's great your son is so interested in sounds and wants to learn, and that you're responding to his questions. Great job, mom!


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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:46:45 PM

sometimes they say their name, like "EEEEEEEE," and sometimes they say their short sound, like "eh" for "elephant"...

That's exactly the way my girls were taught about vowel sounds.


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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:51:55 PM

I think it's great your son is so interested in sounds and wants to learn, and that you're responding to his questions. Great job, mom!

Aww, thanks! I'm scared though! At the rate he's going, I won't be able to help him with his homework by about 4th grade!

He can recognize all the letters and numbers, and understands that letters together make words, so now he's moved on to the sounds. It's great, and we're thrilled, but it's exHAUSTING! LOL



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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:55:07 PM
I'm sure you've already thought about this, but if you have a video camera, set it up where it's out of the way but where you can hopefully catch him talking and asking these questions. We tried to do that when we remembered, and a few years ago we were going through the tapes, watching them and making sure they were labelled so we could get them converted to DVD's. The kids were home at the time and got a kick out of seeing themselves at that age (they were 21 and 18 or so when we watched them again).

Enjoy this stage -- it's so exciting!


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Posted: 11/12/2010 6:57:08 PM
smart boy!

I swear both my kids LOOOOVED the LeapFrog talking letter factory DVD. Each letter has a little room and they make their sound. I probably have the DVD memorized b/c both of my kids would watch it like crack! We have it in the car and I still find my son who is 9 singing along, LOL.


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Posted: 11/12/2010 7:34:16 PM

Just explain that vowels have two sounds


The letter A actually has 9 sounds in American english!!!! I remember that from when my mom took a class on improving her pronunciation.

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Posted: 11/12/2010 7:37:41 PM
In kindergarten the first vowel sounds that we teach the children to make are the short sounds:

a as in cat
e as in net
i as in pin
o as is dog
u as in fun



If you can start of that way, once it's all straight in his head, THEN confuse him with the long sounds...lol Oh yes and y as a vowel. After that is established then you can show him how it makes an i sound at the end of a word.

It will just make it easier for him once he starts phonics at school. (Unless you all do it different in America? )

I can hardly believe that he's big enough to be learning all these things already. He's a beautiful little boy.



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Posted: 11/12/2010 7:39:02 PM
You must put this on Max's Christmas list!!!

Every letter makes a sound E says eeee! and eh!

I loved this toy when ds was little, I used to walk by the fridge and push it myself!


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