Now, when your students are comfortable identifying the vowel sound, it’s 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 sound:
Please 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 creatively. 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 to 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 sentences combine words from the Pre-primer Dolch list and short vowel words. Students will also build, stamp, and trace the word family. In the end, they will look for pictures from the same word family and color them.
This practice helps to build 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 extra activities to help them.