When Teaching Long Vowels…

  • In one lesson, teach that vowels say their name at the beginning of a syllable (as in a-pron).

  • In another lesson, teach that magic e makes vowels say their name (as in lake).

  • Teach the vowel pairs ai and ay, and the rule that ai is used within a word and ay is generally used at the end of a word.

  • After these spelling patterns are firm in the student’s mind, move on to teach the other spellings for long a, one at a time.