March conjures up images of leprechauns, gold, rainbows, shamrocks and the green of new life opening up in spring. It’s magic, enchantment, and mystery. And it comes with a certain simplicity that educators heartily welcome.
Every year I begin flirting with it early, thinking about the treasures and magic I can create for the “littles”….a village of wee ones in the garden, green jewels and gold pieces, misspelled notes from the trickster leprechauns, and of course, green footprints, toilet water, bagels and a totally green lunch (with a few chocolate coins.)
Our pandemic bubble just happens to have learned closed syllable exceptions (-ild, -ind, -old- , olt, -ost) so I created some “wee ones” St. Patrick’s Day activities to reinforce these skills. But first, let’s review:
An open syllable is: Words with only one vowel not followed by a consonant.
(words like me, she)
A closed syllable is: Words with only one vowel followed by one or more consonants. (words like cat, flit, strut) In these words, one vowel makes the short vowel sound.
An exception is: Something that doesn't follow the rule.
A closed syllable exception is: Words with only one vowel followed by one or more consonants that DOES NOT have a short vowel sound.
There are several exceptions to the closed syllable rule. These five glued sounds that look like closed syllables are the closed syllable exceptions:
-ild -ind -old -olt -ost
**wind can have a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound. It just depends on the context. It is included here as a closed syllable exception and it is important to point out the dual pronunciation to your learner. Another good word to show is the word cost….it looks like a short vowel exception, but it is not. As one “little” put it, “They are exceptions to the closed syllable exception.”