I have a few fun posts lined up for this week and I am super excited about them! First, I want to teach you about teaching vowel sounds. Hearing the different sounds within a word is difficult. Learning to sound out words, and hear the correct vowel sounds can be hard and confusing. So, here is how I would recommend teaching vowel sounds.
Teaching vowel sounds
Start off by only focusing on one vowel sound. I recommend teaching the short vowel a sound. Teach the child the a sound in cat. Emphasize the short a sound: caaaaat, baaaat, maaaat, raaat, saaaat. Do not teach any other vowel sounds until your child or student understand the short vowel a sound. Do activities and crafts around the short letter a, and really makes sure that when teaching vowel sounds, the students HEAR and UNDERSTAND the sound that the short letter a sound is making.
Once they can hear the short vowel sound a, then, help them that cat becomes cot, and bat becomes bit, and mat becomes met….Show them that the vowel is controlling the word. Help them to understand that the vowel sound controls how the word sounds and what the word means.
Here is a goofy post on how to teach the short a sound.
Also, here is a great free worksheet to teach the letter.
You could also read The Cat in the Hat.
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 Reading, Mrs. 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.