Hard C & soft C words is the theme of week 9 of the Grade 2 Spelling Words.
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.
Here are the spelling words of week 9:
Hard C / Soft C
Here are the optional review words, or words previously learned, that you can include as a review in this weeks spelling if you so desire. They all are hard c & soft c words.
Grade 1 Review Words
Grade 2 Review Words
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.
“Apples” is the theme for week 10.
Here’s the link for the master list of these second grade spelling words where you can download a .pdf of all 36 weeks if desired.