Tell me why!!
Back to our original question in the beginning.
Is “READ” pronounced as “red” using the short “e” sound or “reed” using the long “e” sound?
Obviously both are correct depending on the context, but why can it be pronounced both ways?
Moreover, why is “STEAK” pronounced with the long “a” sound when both words have “ea” in them?
Logic of English teaches phonogram sounds to help sound out words.
In our example, both words, READ and STEAK, have the same vowel combination of “ea.”
Logic of English teaches that the “ea” combination can actually say 3 different sounds. It can be pronounced as the short “e” sound, long “e” sound, or long “a” sound. This is something I never knew!
Now, when a word contains “ea”, we say it with all three sounds to figure out which one is right. This is one of the many reasons I believe Logic of English is the best Language Arts homeschool curriculum.
Why do E and O say their long sound in the word hero?
Vowels usually say their long sounds at the end of the syllable.
Why does C say two different sounds in the word circus?
C often says it’s second sound, “s”, when followed by an e, i, or y.
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Other resources that might be helpful:
Full review on Right Start Math
13 Questions/Concerns when starting to Homeschool