Kids work on reading short a phonics words in early Kindergarten. They are the first words kids need to master. Some short a phonics words include:
mat, Sam, fan, fat, ran, yak, tap, mat, Pat, Pam, man, bat, cat, lap, Dan, rat, rad, tad, dab, nab, mad, sad, pad, fad, wag, lag, sag, bag, yap, van, can, Jan, pan, tan, rag, tag, nag, jam, zag, Mag, rat-a-tat-tat, sat, hat, sass, bass, mass, pal, ban, ham, bam, zap.
Your student(s) can read and color this short a pdf with fish.
For beginning readers, create a decontextualized list of 6-10 words. Have your student read sound-by-sound and then blend all the sounds together to decipher each word. To practice, here’s a free pdf with short a phonics words:
If your student can read the above short a phonics words pdf, he’s ready for phonics books too.
Early Kindergartners should start reading phonics books as soon as they can decode short a words sound-by-sound. So if your student can read words like bat, ran, cat… etc. it’s time to start researching learn-to-read books. Reading Elephant offers printable phonics books that teach kids to read step-by-step.
I hope your Kindergartner has fun reading and coloring the short a pdf!