Ready to Learn Short and Long Vowel Sounds
Play a Game to Learn the Sounds
Here's a game I play with my son to teach him to recognize short and long A sounds. Below you will see five dice. Click the file below on a sheet of card stock or thick sheet of paper. You will need three pages in all. Ask your child to cut out each die. Then assemble the dice, taping the ends together.
Letter Dice A Fun
With your child, toss all five dice. Each of you should work for a set amount of time (depending on the child, set your own time limit), and try to create as many words as possible with the letters that land facing up. You and your child should each write these words on a sheet of paper. Then, to determine who wins the game, each person gets one point for each word. Then, if the child correctly identifies the word as having a long A or short A sound, the child gets an additional point. before the game, plan to play until one player get to a particular point value. We like to play to 25.
For example, if you roll an ACK, AKE, B, T, and V, a child may list words like back, bake, tack, and take. He's get 4 points for the words with 4 bonus points for identifying back and tack as having a short A sound and bake and take having a long A sound.That's eight points for the first round.
Click HERE to download the dice for the game.
If you'd like to work with some long A and short A words before you begin the game, here's the list of ending sounds from the dice. We used these ending for writing practice and spelling tests when we added letters to the beginning.
Short A Sounds
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