Teaching the Short Aa Letter Sound

Teaching the Letter Aa sound, and other ideas for helping teach phonics.


Today we have a bit of a goofy post.  When Mrs. Karle was teaching, she would often dress up in costume to help her students learn about the letters, and to help her students learn to hear the letter sounds better.  Well, one way that she would teach the sound of the letter Aa was to dress up as an alligator and pretend she was an alligator.  She would then let the students pretend they were alligators – and they would all make an alligator sound.  (Everyone knows that alligators make the short ‘aaaaa’ sound, right?)  Well – even if they don’t really make the short ‘aaaa’ sound, we can at least pretend that they do!  Mrs. Karle could not find an alligator costume to showcase her alligator skills, BUT, she did find an alligator in her local pond!  Watch and find out if her local alligator makes the short ‘aaaaaa’ sound.



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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Renee @ Mommy Goes On says:

    Ha! I thought she was going to find a real alligator. This one was much cuter!!! Great video to show to kids!

  2. Tammy @ theultimatelinky.com says:

    My son came up and said, “That’s hilarious!” He’ll remember the sound now!

  3. This is a great way to teach sounds – the kids will definitely remember it. Thanks for posting!

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