In today's read-aloud story, "Fanny's Dream," the fairy godmother was a little late in grant-ing a wish. Still, children quickly learn that fairy godmothers can perform magic in tales. You can show your child the magic performed by the letter "e" in a variety of ways. Silent-e words follow the pattern vowel-consonant-e. The "e" changes the vowel from a short sound (rob) to a long sound (robe) and the letter "e" is silent.
Cut paper into 10 strips about 2 inches by 5 inches. With a marker, neatly write the Silent-e Words (below) on each strip of paper using large print and leaving a space between each letter. Then fold the letter "e" under so that only the three-letter word shows. Explain to your child that some three-letter words with short vowel sounds become different words with the addition of the final "e." Have your child read the short vowel word, then see how magic "e" changes to a long vowel word. Find more silent-e words in print or in the read-aloud section.