Consonant sounds, in general, are easier for kids to hear than vowel sounds. Vowels simply let the sound out so words will “speak,” whereas many consonants block sound. The difference between one vowel and another can be very difficult to hear for some kids. Especially confusing is hearing a distinction between short e and short i. In order to practice hearing how vowels sound in syllables, Morris Tutoring Productions offers re-usable “Add-a-Vowel” exercises. You can either write the vowels in yourself, dictate the resulting syllables and ask the students to insert the vowel they hear OR they can choose the vowels and practice pronouncing the resulting syllables. There are five levels: VC, CVC, CVCC, CCVC and CCVCC. There are four identical narrow columns for each pattern (to be cut into strips for use).
Add-a-Vowel Short Vowel Exercises
by Susan K. Morris
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