Friday, November 13, 2009

a short vowel word game

Who lives in the house of "at?"

Why, bat, hat, mat, rat, and cat, of course!

When doing this lesson,
the child puts all the "at" cards on the house first.

Then she puts the beginning sounds in place,
sounding out each letter combination as she goes.
If she's a writer, she can make a book with the words she's built.

The children can choose from several sets of cards...

"an" {c, p, f, r, m}
"ap" {c, m, n, s, t}
"et" {j, n, p, s, w}
"en" {d, h, m, p, t}
"it" {s, f, m, h, p}
"in" {b, f, p, t, w}
"og" {b, d, h, j, l}
"op" {b, h, m, p, t}
"ug" {b, h, j, m, r}
"ut" {c, g, h, n, r}

I bet you can think of even more short vowel combos, too!

The house part of the lesson is made from felt,
and the cards are hand-written on squares of paper, then laminated.

Someday, when I have a little more time and motivation,
{oh, if only!}
I'd love to post some tutorials on the felts we use for language lessons.
Not only are they useful, they make the lessons so appealing
to little hands!


  1. This is great, my new reader would like it too!! I may just have to make one but might use my paint chips instead to make it more colorful - tee-hee! ; )

  2. genius. Even in my flu ridden state i might just manage this! Thanks.

  3. Such a neat idea. Simple, yet so effective.

  4. Great idea, thanks for sharing. :)

  5. I would love to hear more about your language activities....even if it is just photos. This is beautiful

  6. Thank you so much for the inspiration! My son's teacher asked me if I could come up with something similar for their classroom and this is what I came up with. Thanks again!

  7. love love - such a great idea! must make one too and will link back to your site! would love to know how else you used felt with language!! thank you!!!!

  8. I love this idea! Thank you for putting all the recommended family combinations here, too :)


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