I’ve written in the past about closed syllables and how if a syllable is “closed in” by consonants, then it will be a “closed syllable” and the vowel will be short. However, there are groups of words called Wild-Old Words that are “fossil” words left from Anglo Saxon times that do not follow the rules. These words are common but irregular.
A student can learn that some common words ending in ld, st, nd, and lt have a single vowel with a long vowel sound.
- roll, troll, stroll
- mold, told, sold, scold, old, bold, cold, fold, gold
- bolt, colt, dolt, jolt, Holt, molt, volt
- bind, find, mind, wind, blind, grind, hind, kind, rind
- both, don’t, won’t, host, most, post, ghost
- pint, mild, wild, child, blinds
- minded, kindly, kindness, unkind, behind, blindfold, remind
Sentences for dictation and reading:
- This wild child is a troll.
- Jane will rope the colt to a post.
- It is cold in summer also?
- I combed the old, kind dog with a small comb.
- I wish I had a pint of gold.
- Hold the wild colt.
Source: Unlocking the Power of Print, Dorthothy Blosser Whitehead