Joely's been learning to read, so of course that means we've been talking about silent e words; but we don't actually call them silent e words.
We dubbed silent e with a new moniker three years ago when I was working with Jerah while she was learning to read. The term silent e wasn't as descriptive as I'd like, so I started calling it bossy e instead, specifically because it always "bosses" the vowels around, telling them, "Say your name!"
Interestingly, I used to think the idea of bossy e was original with me, but I shortly discovered that it was not. After we had been using the bossy e terminology for a while, I Googled bossy e and discovered that it had been thought of long before me; I just wish someone had told me about it before!
Just came across this post– I home school,too, and my spelling program calls it the Strongman e. I love that you cally it bossy e, though!
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Bob Jones phonics has a Bossy R that bosses the vowels to change their sound in words like BORN and BARN. Great job tho, even if it wasn't completely original thought. Whatever works they always say!
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I started calling it "Super E", which adds some excitement to what he can do.