Yesterday I shared my free CVC word building apple trees with you and today I have a CVCE word building activity for those children who are ready for more of a challenge.

– Life Over C's apple cvce words word building activity for kindergarten literacy centers

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Materials for the Apple CVCe Word Building Activity for Literacy Centers

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter


I have talked several times about helping kids feel successful right before challenging them to do something harder. That’s what we did before starting this activity.

My first grader is a reluctant learner in general, but reading is her nemesis. At least in her mind.

So, we often choose an activity that is a little bit simple for her prior to trying an activity that involves a new skill.
Jaida’s new skill is Magic ‘e’.

So right before we worked on this activity we did the CVC word activity that I showed you yesterday.  (We actually did them on the same day, that’s why her clothes are the same…not because I didn’t wash the laundry…) We built on the success of the CVC activity and tried out her new skill.

We worked on magic ‘e’ words a bit, a couple months ago, but not really enough for it to sink in.

She has a little saying that helps her remember what Magic ‘e’ does.

“Magic ‘e’ makes the vowel say its name!”

Each time she pulled out a new card we repeated the saying.

learning magic 'e'
working hard to build cvce words
learning to read
celebrating reading

She loved the word ‘mute’. Though she was a bit confused at first.
Once she figured it out, she was quite pleased with herself.

She wanted to have a little victory celebration…

I promise those pictures weren’t staged at all…lol!

She really did think she was super cool for spelling a new word (even if she didn’t really understand what it meant…)

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– Life Over C's apple cvce words word building activity for kindergarten literacy centers
– Life Over C's apple cvce words word building activity for kindergarten literacy centers
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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