Kindergartners need to start off reading CVC word books. CVC stands for consonant-vowel-consonant words as in cat, sit, and bet. After kindergartners learn letter sounds and short vowels, they can begin sounding out words in CVC word books. These books help beginners practice decoding skills. They’re a great way to ease children into reading. Try these free printable cvc word books “Mex the Rex” and “Meg the Hen:”
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The above books “Mex the Rex” and “Meg the Hen” are designed for beginners. They are ideal for Kindergartners. CVC word books can also be used in preschool if the child already knows letter sounds, short vowels and how to blend.
What are CVC words?
CVC words are consonant-vowel-consonant words; they are also called short vowel words. Kids should learn short vowels first. Kindergartners should NOT say “e” as in “eagle.” Rather, they should learn the short vowel “e” as in “elephant.” Here is a list of the short vowel sounds:
a_ as in apple (ex. sat, cat, lab)
e_ as in elephant (ex. Meg, get, vet)
i_ as in igloo (ex. sit, win, fin)
o_ as in octopus (ex. hot, hop, dot)
u_ as in umbrella (ex. cup, fun, sun)
CVC words list for lesson planning
Beginning kindergartners need CVC books. It’s important for teachers to develp a CVC books library. That way, kids have ample practice and can develop fluency.
Teachers often need CVC word lists for lesson planning as well. See our CVC words list that can help you plan lessons for your Kindergartner:
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After kids learn to read CVC words, they can move on to learning consonant digraphs. Some consonant digraphs kids need to learn include: sh, the, _tch, ch, _ck, _ng, _ang, _ing, wh_, _ink, _ank, qu_.
Reading Elephant also offers a consonant digraph printable decodable book series. After consonant digraphs, kids can learn to read consonant blends. The Reading Elephant printable phonics books series walks kids through the most common phonics sounds.