Vowel sounds and functions
This visual, hands-on method of teaching vowel sounds and functions is fun and memorable for beginning readers and writers.
Teaching Point: Vowels are Super Hero Letters that possess two special powers: They get to make two sounds and they hold words together.
Not all words have two vowels together, or a magic “e” clue to signal the long vowel sound. Therefore, if a child understands that a vowel can sometimes say its name, then they can replace the short/regular sound and move on quickly when decoding words.
“When two vowels play together, the first one says its name, and the second plays the quiet game”-this can be practiced with manipulatives, put two side by side and have the child tell you the sound they would hear from them as partners.
ALL words include at least one vowel. Most beginning reader words, and syllables, have a vowel as the second or middle sound. Beginning writers often times forget the vowels when writing. For example c-a-t becomes c-t. When a child understands that the word they are writing needs the strength of the vowel to “hold” it together, they learn to listen for it when stretching out the sounds of a word.
This set includes both color and black and white copies
• Vowel Manipulatives
• Vowel Books-Long and short vowel practice
• Vowel Word Building cards
• Vowel Answer cards-These can be used for students to hold up, and show whether they hear long or short vowel sounds when shown flash cards.