Now, when your students are comfortable with identifying the vowel sound it time to practice spelling and writing. Practice one word at a time. At this age, the best approach is to make learning as much hands-on and active as possible. Simple writing and tracing practice can become boring and less effective. Here are a few great hands-on worksheets for your lesson.
Practice the short a sound:
Have your student look at the picture and say it aloud. Let her glue letters to make a word. Stamp it! Or, as an alternative, write letters on the round stickers, or use the plastic letters to construct the word. Use any method your child comfortable with.
Think and identify the short sound. Here you can also come creative. Your student can circle the vowel sound, make a dot using the do-a-dot marker, place a button on the corresponding sound, etc. Make it easy and fun! Finally, ask your kindergarten read, trace and write (while reading, point each word with a finger).
Practice the -at word family:
With these worksheets, your students will identify the word family (make a dot!). Read and pick the right word, then read a short sentence. All sentence combine words from the Pre-primer Dolch list and short vowel words. Students will also build, stamp and trace the word family. At the end, they will look for pictures from the same word family and color it.
This practice helps to build a strong reading and spelling skills for kindergarten students. If your child still struggles with identifying the short a sound or word family, you can add some extra activities to help them.