Here is a list of Hard C & soft C words. It includes the hard C soft C themed 2nd grade spelling list.
Hard C Soft C Rule
The general rule is:
If the vowel after the C is A, O, or U, the C has a hard sound. If the vowel after the C is E, I, or Y, its sound is soft.
A Silly Trick
To help my daughter remember which vowels make the C soft or hard, I came up with a bit of a silly saying. It’s silly but it does help her always remember which vowels are which.
We call them “Riley” letters. “There’s a little girl named Riley and she’s so soft and sweet, everybody else is hard.”
The vowels in the name Riley are I E and Y. They make the C soft. All the other vowels A, O & U make the C hard.
The same rule also applies for the letter G, and also both C and G in french as well, so it’s a rule she’s had to learn well.
If you have any tricks to remembering the rule, feel free to share in the comments below.
Hard C Words
Here is a list of hard C words:
Soft C Words
Here is a list of soft C words:
Hard C and Soft C Words
Some words have both a hard C and a soft C. Here are some of those words:
Hard C / Soft C Spelling Words
For those doing 2nd grade spelling words, here are the hard C and soft C spelling words for week 9:
Hard and Soft C
Here are the optional review words, or words previously learned, that you can include as a review in this week’s spelling if you so desire. They all are hard c & soft c words.
Grade 1 Review Words
Grade 2 Review Words
Here’s a fun hard c soft c word search perfect for 2nd graders learning the two sounds the letter C makes.