In these lessons we are learning a few very important skills related to reading and writing in English. This includes how to blend basic letter sounds, as well as how vowel sounds change within a syllable. We will learn more about the importance of syllables and pronunciation in later lessons when we work with multiple-syllable words.
When a syllable ends with a consonant, the vowel usually makes a shorter sound. An example is "ad" from the first syllable of the word "ad-vent." The syllable "eb" below will have a short 'e' which sound like the first syllable of the word "eb-o-ny."
Practice reading these syllables with the short vowel sound, going down each column, before moving to the column on the right- First read all the 'a' syllables, then the 'e' syllables, and so on.
(* Reminder: When a syllable ends in a consonant, it will most likely have a short vowel sound. So in the syllable table above, "ab" would sound like the first syllable in "ab-so-lute." To hear all the short syllable sounds, please go back to the 1st phonics lesson, and notice the first sound that is made.)
Wonderful job! Please go to the next phonics lesson.