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Closed Syllable Exceptions

Most Closed Syllables, make a short vowel sound. However there are a few exceptions, five to be exact. Today's post is focused on those five closed syllable exceptions.


Once your child has a solid grasp of closed syllables, and the fact that vowels have a long sound, it may be the right time to introduce closed syllable exceptions. It is best to wait till your child has mastered typical closed syllables before introducing these words, in order to avoid confusion.

'ild'

'ind'

'old'

'olt'

'ost'

child

find

cold

bolt

host

mild

kind

gold

colt

most

wild

mind

mold

jolt

post

wind

rind

told

volt

blind

hold

grind

bold

bind

fold

Now there are some words that are exceptions to the exceptions:

wilderness

wind*

cost

lost

frost

*Wind can be pronounced with a long or short vowel sound but the meaning changes depending on pronunciation


Understandably, these words are tricky. Orthographically mapping them and pointing out the fact that they are "exceptions to the exceptions" is a helpful starting place. Most importantly, we want kids to receive explicit teaching of these skills so they are not left confused and frustrated by these words. Grouping these spelling patterns together helps students make sense of them. We have an entire scope and sequence dedicated to ensuring students receive the foundational instruction necessary for success in reading and writing.

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