Today, I taught my daughter how the double e phonogram (ee) makes the second sound of e, its long sound, where e says its name.
I started things out by inviting her to have some ice cream and presenting her with this tray:
She accepted my ice cream invitation. I made her a double scoop cone and we talked about how “double is twice the quantity” and that “a double scoop ice cream cone has twice the quantity of scoops than a single scoop cone.” I reinforced the concept with, “A single scoop is just one scoop. A double scoop is two scoops!” She was excited …
… she took a bite and was done with the ice cream. So I ate it instead and gave her a double serving of pudding with a double spoon.
While she happily ate pudding, I introduced the double e phonogram to her pointing out that it has two e’s in a row. She mentioned knowing that e makes two sounds, announcing their short and long sounds. I told her that the double e is special because it makes just one sound, the long e sound, e, where e says its name.
After the brief introduction to double e, I sung her the double e ditty from Wordy Worm Reading a couple times.
Then, she abandoned the pudding and asked for her Halloween candy. Conveniently for my double e lesson, she chose a bag of Halloween pretzels from her candy stash. So, I asked her to find the double e on the pretzel label. She was excited to find it and I sounded the whole word out for her.
After snack, I invited her to color the double e on paper. She chose to paint freestyle instead. As she painted, I sounded out the word green for her and sang her the double e ditty a couple more times.
In no time, I expect she’ll be pointing out the double e to me spontaneously. I expect this because not long after a lesson about the ay phonogram, we had a birthday balloon floating around the house. She pointed to the print on the balloon and yelled, “AY mommy, AY, AY, AY! Look! Look! AY!”
I’m quite excited by this burgeoning print awareness skill.