Here’s a fun game we played this week to reinforce the concept of the silent e. I wrote words on the white board and had Firefly read them, then he slammed a silent e onto the word and read the new word.
I’ve seen other versions of this game using a magic wand, but I knew he would really enjoy a more sensory experience, you know, being a boy and all. I’ve also seen a similar game played with a fly swatter where kids can swat the silent e onto the word. Well, I didn’t have a fly swatter so I used a ruler, printed out an “e” in a large font, cut a fancy shape around it, a little tape and we were good to go.
Although the concept of silent e is not a new one to him, it seems to be something that he grasps, then stumbles over again. Perplexing in an interesting kind of way, is that he can read -ight words totally on his own, we never covered that in beginning reading. And he can mostly read silent e words with no problem but when writing them, he has phases of completely forgetting that tiny little quiet letter.
After seeing a page in his Explode the Code workbook this week where he wrote an entire page of words, leaving out the silent e for each one, I knew it was time to get out of the workbook and do something fun with this concept. So I left the page alone, didn’t correct it or ask him to, and instead we played this game. For now, it is sticking. And the game was way more fun than fixing a pageful of words. Just ask Firefly.