The two vowels pattern is broken up into two parts. They are the talkers and the whiners. Today we are going to take a close look at the two vowel talkers and see exactly what is happening to help kids read words with these patterns.
The first thing to do is to collect words with the two vowel pattern. These words can come from the books that you are already reading together, or you can choose some of the words for below.
As you can see, the two vowel talkers are made up of the two vowel teams listed above. They are –ai, -ea, -ie, -oa, and –ue. After you place the words on the vowel pattern chart, have the child read the words. Then ask the following questions.
- How many vowels are in this pattern?
- What other pattern had 2 vowels?
- Where are the vowels in this pattern compared with the silent e pattern?
- Which vowel name do you hear? The first or the second.
- Is it always the first?
We ask these questions because we want the child to discover the pattern. The more that the child notices on his or her own, the more apt she is of remembering the pattern.
After all of the questions have been answered it is time to introduce the chant that goes with the two vowel takers.
When two vowels go a walking, the first one does the talking and says it’s name.
Before you introduce the two vowel whiner pattern that we will talk about tomorrow practice all of the other patterns for the a few weeks. The last two patterns are the most difficult to understand, so you don’t want to move too quickly into them without the child really understanding all of the other ones.
You can review all of the other patterns by giving the child a word and asking what pattern it makes and having the child add it to the chart.
In Phonics the Easy Way we talk about the vowel saying it’s name and it’s stuck sound vs. it’s long and short sound. Children are often confused by long and short and can understand this new way better. How were you taught about the vowel sounds?