When kids begin to read, first they focus on short vowel words. To help kids practice reading short vowel words, be sure to use best practices for teaching alphabet recognition. Here are some short vowel worksheets for Kindergarten:
Here is what the Flowers pdf looks like:
Here is what the Forest pdf looks like:
What are short vowels?
Short vowels are:
a_ as in apple (ex. hat, man, fan, tap…etc.)
e_ as in elephant (ex. met, men, red, Ted, hen…etc.)
i_ as in igloo (ex. him, pit, rip, wit, lit…etc.)
o_ as in octopus (ex. pop, hop, mom, dot, Ron…etc.)
u_ as in up (ex. cup, pup, tub, fun…etc.)
Printable short vowel books
Beginning readers start in on short vowel books. Thus, initially kids read sentences like: Peg had a big hen or The mad T-rex is big. Reading Elephant offers short vowel books to help kids build a strong foundation in decoding skills.
Sound-by-sound reading skills are essential for literacy success. Linguists estimate that only 4% of English words completely break spelling patterns. This means 96% of English has at least one phonetic component. Furthermore, about 50% of English spelling words are totally regular. For example, words like speech, dug, sail, day, fine, reach…etc. break no spelling patterns at all. The layperson continually believes that English is more erratic than research suggests.
To give your student a strong foundation teach using systematic phonics. In sum, introduce one phonics sound at a time. Allow your child to master each new phonics sound before he learns another. Our systematic phonics books will help you guide your student through the English spelling code.