Learning / teaching short vowel sounds is not an easy concept for littles (or you)! When trying to teach a child how to “sound-it-out” the English language, does not make it easy for them!
Learning short vowel sounds, is a major factor in their ability to becoming a master reader. Greyson struggled with this for a while. He was really having a hard time sounding out words, because he had a hard time knowing what vowel sound it should be (Short Vowel Sound, or Long Vowel Sound)
So, I got to work, and made a few activities for him. Working through these, along with the reference sticks – he has them down! Easy, peasy.
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Short Vowel Sounds: What Are They?
There are two types of vowel sounds. The easy way to remember the differences.
Short Vowel Sound – The vowel makes a sound. Example: Apple, Elephant, Igloo, Octopus, Umbrella
Long Vowel Sound – The vowel makes the sound of the actual letter. Example: Ape, East, Ice Cream, Open, UFO
So for kids, in the beginning they have to learn both ways of how the vowel can sound. Then they have to start learning how to know what vowel sound to use (That will come later).
Short Vowel Sounds: Activity Sheets
Are you wondering what exactly is in this pack? We’ll let me tell ya!
- What The Vowel? – 3 pages of the Whats the vowel sheets. Your child is shown a black and white (Coloring!) picture. Say the name of the picture out loud, and they have to color in what short vowel sound is used.
- Stamp The Missing Vowel Sound– 2 pages of the stamp sheets. (TIP- You do not have to use letter stamps. Stickers, handwriting, letter tiles, or any other resource works just as well!)
- Whats The Right Word? – 1 page of this sheet. There is a color photo and your child has to mark the properly written word that matches the picture!
- Flashcards – 29 4×6 flashcards! (Print these right at your local print center, for just a few cents!)
- Reference sticks – These are amazing. Cut out the square, and glue them onto a Popsicle stick. (OR just let them look at the page!) These squares show your little one a example of the short vowel sound!
Grab your free Short Vowel Sounds Activity Sheets!
Grab your Short Vowel Sounds- Activity Cards