Phonics for Kids - help Your Child to Read and Write
Short Vowel Sounds
The first sounds to learn are the short vowel sounds
Think of other simple words that contain the short vowel sounds.
Here are some to start with:
bat mat set let bit kid lot got fun sun
Ask your child to say the words and listen for the short vowel sounds. Write the
words down as the child says them.
Copy the chart on the next page onto cardboard. Make sure every square is the
same size. Search for pictures online or in old magazines. Your child might enjoy
drawing them. Cut the chart into 15 same sized cards.
Place them face up. Ask the child to match each sound, picture and word.
Memory Game (for one or two people)
Place cards face down. Each player take turns to turn one card face up.
They say either the short vowel sound, a word with that vowel sound or name
the picture. Put the card face down again.
Pick up another card and do the same.
If a player remembers where a matching card is, they can turn it up and leave
both cards face up until the third card is found. These cards are then out of the
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