Do you have a struggling k-2 reader? Many struggling readers don’t know long vowel sounds, which are common sounds in grade 1. In order to become a better reader, you’re student may need access to long vowel decodable texts. Decodables (or phonics books) are specially designed books that use limited phonics sounds. These specialized books help kids adjust to each new bit of the English spelling code. In this post, I offer a free phonics book to teach phonics rules for ee and ea.
The Queen and other ee and ea phonics books
The Queen, a story attached below, is about how Christmas tress became widely used. Though Christmas trees have been around for a long time (perhaps thousands of years), few people put them in their homes with lights, decorations and candy cane the way we do in modern times. In fact, most people decorated with trees to celebrate Winter Solstice. The Germans, for example, used to put apples on their trees to bring a bit of nature indoors during a snowy Winter.
However, most of the world still did not use tree decorations, including Britain, America and Canada. Queen Victoria popularized the modern Christmas tree throughout much of the world. One year, she decided she wanted to decorate with an illuminated tree. She hung ornaments, candy and lights from an evergreen beauty. For publicity, someone drew a painting of Queen Victoria, Albert and the children in front of their tree.
The painting was featured in a magazine. Soon, after people saw Queen Victoria’s tree, they wanted Christmas trees too. Now, many people have Christmas trees in their homes.
Here is the free decodable book that details this story:
ee and ea words
ee and ea are both long vowels. These vowel patterns include the following sounds: ai as in train, _ay as in bay, ee as in bee, ea as in speak, igh as in light, oa as in boat, ow as in glow _y as in my and _______y as in bunny. There are lots of long vowel sounds. If you’re student needs to practice them, check out our long vowel phonics books.
I hope your student has fun reading The Queen and practicing phonics rules for ee and ea!