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    By BookMuncher

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    I don't teach them magic e or really concentrate on long vowel sounds until spring, but I DO tell my kids that vowels can say two sounds. It's just easier this way because then they are not sitting there trying in vain to figure out a word with a long vowel.

    When I do teach magic e, I teach them that he waves his magic wand and says "Alacadabra, alaca--zame. Forget your sound and say your name!"

    Some other background I teach them: all vowels want to do is say their name, but "stopper" letters stop them and force them to say their short sound.

    For example: the stopper in cat is the t. (the a wants to say a, but the t stops him)

    Other vowels can help the vowel overcome the stopper. I try not to deliniate between magic e and vowel teams too much-- it's really the same thing. Those helper vowels lend their strength to the first vowel and the stopper is then disarmed.

    So: in "hat" the t is the stopper. If you add an e to the end, it helps the a overcome the "t" and it can freely say it's name to make "hate"

    This is also why the "o" says it's name in the word "So" and "hello". It's because there is no stopper there to do anything about it.

    Like everything in the English language, it doesn't always work, but I find it works a lot, and it really makes sense.

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