I love that moment when your child finally understands a concept you have been teaching. Sometimes they get it right away and other times they just need to work through it. Today, if your child is ready, they will be working with a set of farm hands-on short /a/ words worksheets.
Short /A/ Words Worksheets
I should give you a heads up. This series teaches all the short vowel sounds with the help of word families. Since we are looking at the short /a/ words, all the words will end in one of the following:
Now you may be wondering, “Why word families?” The simple answer is this: they are all rhyming words with a predictable pattern and will help with learning phonics or letter sounds easier.
What You Need
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To create this activity for your kids, you need a few things first. The worksheets can be found at the end of the post. Simply click the box that says CLICK TO GET YOUR DOWNLOAD.
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How To Use The Short /a/ Words Worksheets
Now that you have gathered everything you need follow the instructions below to get started.
- Print the pages on printing paper and then use a paper trimmer to cut out the cards.
- Decide on the two-word families you will be working on as well as what version you will be using. Gather all the cards and mats needed
The Simpler Version
This version allows your child to sort the vowel sounds by looking at both the word and the picture. The word family endings are also in red to make it more obvious.
The Challenging Version
If your child finds the simpler version too simple then this version is perfect. In order to do this activity your child has to:
- pick a picture card with no words (from the 2 sets you decided on previously)
- think about what word family it belongs to and find the matching sheet
- write the word on that mat.
If your child is not at the level to write, and that’s perfectly normal, then simply have them stamp the words with stamps. They can even use letter tiles to help.
Other Ways To Use This Pack
You can also allow your child to match the picture cards with the words. Simply use the spelling tiles, or write the short ‘a’ words on post-its or strips of paper. Have them sound out the word and find the correct picture.