The Helpful Homemaker is hosting Teaching Tips Tuesday. It sounds like such a great idea that I wish I would have thought of it! Go on over to check it out and link up if you have a teaching tip.
Mine is a simple one. When I am teaching one of my children to read, I tell them the rhyme,
"When 2 vowels go walking, the first one does the talking."
Well, actually I say, "walkin'" and "talkin'" because we are klassy, but that's beside the point.
The rule means that when you see 2 vowels side by side, the first one says its name. For instance, look at the word r-e-a-d. The first vowel is "e" and it says its name. The "a" is silent.
B-o-a-t follows the same rule. The first vowel, "o", says its name. The second vowel is silent. Lots of words follow this rule, and of course, there are a few exceptions, but it generally holds true. The little rhyme makes it easy to remember, too.