After a child has learned his alphabet and letter sounds, he should begin blending three-letter words containing short vowels, such as CAT and HOT. Many children find even these short CVC words to be very frustrating, so it’s important to make the learning process as fun as possible. Provide your child with opportunities to play short vowel sound games. Online or offline, these games will reinforce the short vowel concepts he has already learned.
Object Matching Game
To make a matching game, you’ll need small objects from around the house that have three-letter words as names. For instance, a pen, a small toy cat or a doll’s hat would work pool captions well. Assemble several of these objects in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Write the name of each item on an index card and place them in the bag. To play this game, your child will match each object to the corresponding card. To make the game a little more challenging, try to use items that all begin or end with the same consonant sound.
Online Learning Games
Your child can also play several short vowel sound games online. Reading Eggs, Hooked on Phonics and Starfall all offer a variety of interactive short vowel sound games. Many parents even use these programs as a core curriculum for homeschooling. Reading Eggs offers a 14 day free trial so parents and students can try before they buy.
File Folder Games
The internet is an endless resource of file folder games that are useful for teaching any subject. Do a simple internet search and you’ll see hundreds. The file folder games you’ll find online all need to be printed, laminated and assembled, but seem to be well worth the effort. Simple do an internet search for “short vowel sound file folder games” for a wealth of printable resources. Local education stores also have a great choice of premade file folder games. Although these aren’t free, it may be worth a purchase when you compare the cost of printing and lamination.
Whether your child plays short vowel sound games online or on the school table, be sure to provide lots of opportunities to read real books. Reading to your child should be a priority and should not stop when your child learns to read on his own. Listening to chapter books just above his own reading ability will help encourage a love of reading as well as an enriched vocabulary.