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Learn to read | Phonics for kids | Long vowels - OU and OY

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Vowels are special letters. A word cannot exist without a vowel! But sometimes, when vowels are paired up with different letters they can make unique sounds. These sounds are called vowel diphthongs. Today we're going to learn about what happens when O is paired up with Y, U, and W. We'll see what new sounds O can make and what words these sounds can help us to read and write!

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Confused by what a diphthong is? Check out this video to gain a better understanding of how vowel diphthongs are formed.Did you know that there's one other O diphthong that we didn't learn about? OI-- it makes the same sound as OY! Take a peek at what words make the OI and OY sound in this video.Think you are a vowel diphthong expert? Try to read along and understand this story that uses OU and OW or sing along with this OY and OI song!
Understanding and recognizing vowel diphthongs can help you in your reading and writing. The more easily you can recognize a vowel diphthong pattern, the more easily you can read a word. Then more of your reading brain power can go to understanding a story. The same goes for writing. If you know how to create a word with a vowel diphthong sound, you can spend more of your writing brain power on creating a unique and meaningful story. Understanding vowel patterns can help you become a stronger reader and writer!

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