Open Syllables - The Reading and Spelling Rules That Nobody Taught You

THe reading and spelling rules that nobody taught you. Did you know that an open syllable is when you have a vowel left alone at the end, and it says its long sound?

So we are back with our next syllable type in our series The Reading & Spelling Rules That Nobody Taught You.

In this post, we are going to talk about the fourth syllable type we teach to our students…

Open Syllables

The Open Syllable is the opposite of a Closed Syllable. Remember, a Closed Syllable is a syllable with one vowel that is closed in at the end with a consonant.

So, an Open Syllable is a syllable with one vowel that is left open or free at the end. Open vowels can say their name or long sound. (I like to say that since the vowel isn’t closed in, it can get out and go for a looooong run and say it’s looooong sound!)

Some Open Syllable words are: hi, no, she, he, we, so. Can you hear the long sounds at the end of each word? Pretty simple, right?

Do you want to hear something really cool that we teach our students along with Open Syllables? Well, you know how we’ve always heard that Y can sometimes be a vowel? When Y is at the end of a word, it is acting like a vowel. The Letter Y is known as The Robber Guy because it steals the sounds of E and I.

We use the phrase “Cry Baby” to help our students remember this rule. When Y is at the end of a one syllable word, it sounds like I. Think of words like spy, shy, my, fly. When Y is at the end of a two syllable word, it sounds like E, like in happy, sunny, puffy, flaky.

Keep in mind that when a syllable ends in a vowel, it is an Open Syllable and the vowel can go for a looooong run and say its loooooong name.

When a Y is at the end of a word or syllable, it is acting like a vowel and we call it The Robber Guy because it steals the sounds of I and E when it’s in vowel mode. You can check out our totally free Letter Y the Robber Guy resource over here!

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