Vowels can be long with the Silent e pattern, Vowel Teams, Open Syllables, and Tricky Y. Two more important long vowel patterns to learn are: i and o can be long when followed by two consonants, and open syllables in two syllable words with one middle consonant. These can be challenging, because in both cases, words may have either the long or short sound.
i and o can be long when followed by two consonants. Learn more at Find and Lift the Lost Gold.
Open and Closed Syllables in Two Syllable Words with one middle consonant
The first syllable in two syllable words with one middle consonant can be either long or short, so it is important to understand and practice these words too. Since more are long (60%) than short (40%), try the long vowel sound first to see if it is a recognizable word. If it is not, try it with the short vowel sound.
Strategy: Bē/gin with long, vĭ/sit short
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