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Bossy E, Pushy E, Magic E, Silent E

No matter what you call it, it is a very special letter that we love to teach here at Latch Onto Learning! Once students have mastered closed syllables, we love to dig into Magic E syllables. While the magic E has many purposes, the first one we teach is that it tells the short vowel to say it's name. This is true for words where the vowel is a, e, i, o, and u.

CVC Words

Magic E Words

hop

hope

cap

cape

plan

plane

pin

pine

When it comes to the vowel u, it actually has two long sounds. One is it's name /U/ which sounds like /y/ + /oo/. The second is just /oo/ with no /y/.

Long U Sound

/OO/ Sound

cube

dude

cute

flute

puke

tube

When it comes to the vowel y, the magic E makes it say /I/.

byte

hype

style

type

tyke

There are other reasons why a silent E is added to the end of a word. One of those reasons has to do with the fact that words never end in V. Consider the following words:

Long Vowel Sound

Short Vowel Sound

live

live

gave

give

have

This can be tricky since there is a long list of words that end in Ve that have the vowel say it's long sound. Here are only a few example:

brave

five

clove

stove

We have some more tricky words that require additional attention. Consider:

Short U

Short U

/OO/

Short O

shove

come

prove

shone

love

some

move

gone

glove

none

lose

dove

Despite the irregularity of the vowel sound, we can group them together which can make them easier for students to learn.


Once mastered as a single syllable at the word level. It is a good idea to practice it at the sentence level and then to explore words that are two syllables that include one or two Magic E syllables.

enzyme

complete

sometimes

escape

We have a wonderful team of tutors who would be happy to support your child on developing this skill and other reading and writing skills.

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