Hi all! It's Whitney here from The Crazy Schoolteacher. I'm lucky enough to teach in a first grade classroom. One thing we spend a lot of time on in first grade is vowel sounds.
Let me start by telling you that I was one of those kids who could NEVER tell the difference between a short vowel sound and a long vowel sound. I don't know what it was...it just always stumped me! During my first year of teaching first grade there were a group of kiddos just like me. They just didn't get it. It didn't matter what I did, how I explained it or how much we practiced...they didn't GET it.
I racked my brain on how to help those little ones. I started with thinking about what would have helped me as a kid. Then it came to me...songs. That is when my vowel songs were born!
I started with the short a song. I introduced it to my kiddos at the beginning of the week and we sang and sang and SANG that song for the entire week. In fact, we sang it at the start of every phonics lesson or activity. And guess what? IT WORKED! My kiddos GOT it! Hallelujah!
After seeing how well my kiddos did with the short vowels, I wrote a long vowel song out of necessity. My kiddos responded well to the songs and now have mastered both long and short vowels. We still use the songs. This time of year is perfect for a review!