Lessons 6 and 7 introduce the phonograms sh, ee, th, ow, ou, oo, ch, and ar. In addition to these phonograms, the five jobs of silent 'e' are taught. These jobs are:
1. The first job of silent 'e' is to enable the previous vowel to make its long vowel sound.
2, Since English words rarely end in 'u' or 'v', silent 'e's second job is to end the word for these letters.
3. The third job of silent 'e' is to follow 'c' and 'g' allowing them to say their second sound.
4. Every syllable needs a vowel. When the second syllable lacks a vowel, silent 'e' is added to the end.
5. English isn't perfect. Sometimes there is a silent 'e' for no reason at all. Luckily, these words are not too difficult to memorize.
Step-by-Step Stories also offers Stories 10-20 in a smaller fully illustrated addition. See yellow book to the right.