Tell your child, "We are going to work with some long-vowel e patterns. The way we’ll do it is we’ll learn a set of clue words, and we’ll use those words to read other words. Your clue words today are eat, bee, and thief. (Write underlined words on a board or print them out on cards). They all use patterns to spell the long e. In the word eat, the letters ea represent the long e. In the word bee, the letters ee represent the long e.In the word thief, the letters ie represent the long e."
Say: "I am going to show you a new word. I want you to point to the clue word with the same pattern and then say
“I know . This must be .”
Show your child various words with these patterns, either written on the board or on index cards. Have your child practice reading them several times.
Then have your child read the Bee and The Flea which you can print out for free here.