Before beginning long vowel sound word lists, let’s review what makes a long vowel sound. One way to describe this spelling is to present the letter “e” as “bossy e.” Explain to your child that, in a root word, when there is a vowel-consonant-e, the letter “e” is bossy and makes the vowel say its name. The letter “e” is then silent when you read the word
Another way that long a is spelled is “ai.” Teach your child the famous saying, “When two vowels go a walking, the first one does the talking.”
Long a can also be spelled “ay.”
Finally, long a is also spelled “eigh.”
Explain to your child there are other ways to spell long a as well that will be discussed at a later time.
Read over the list of long a words together. On the top of a sheet of paper, make four columns with the four different ways to spell long a mentioned here. Sort the words and write them under the correct heading.
|A consonant E||Ai||Eigh||Ay|
Two weeks ago, I posted a list of short u words for you to practice with your child. This week, I am posting long a words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.
Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.
More Long Vowel Sounds Word Lists
Long E Words
Long I Words
Long O Words
Long U Words
Short Vowel Sound Word Lists
High Frequency Sight Words and Phrases
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