I’m always looking for new ways to teach short a word families. This matching game was a big hit at our house!
Now that she knows all her letters and sounds and has other important pre-reading skills, I’ve been teaching my daughter (4 years, 9 months) to read short vowel words.
I’m not going to tell you she’s been jumping up and down about it.
In fact, until recently, she didn’t want to learn at all.
What made the difference was teaching her to blend sounds using successive blending (I have a video here all about it if you want to try it.)
Once she figured that out, reading words has been much more fun for her. To take it a step further, I created a simple matching game featuring CVC words with short a (the only short vowel we’ve practiced so far).
I don’t know what it is about matching games, but they’ve always been a big hit with my kids. My Six, who was also reluctant to learn to read, actually begged for more matching games. It’s how I helped him learn his sight words.
Watch the quick video above to see the activity in action.
The great thing about memory games is that they’re very simple to make. Just cut index cards in half and write a match on each half.
Since I decided to create a game using pictures, writing on index cards wasn’t going to work for me. (Drawing is just not one of my gifts.) So I created this simple game on my computer.
The download has 16 different matching games. The corner of each card tells you the set that it belongs to so you don’t mix them up.
I recommend printing each set on a different color of cardstock. This way you can easily sort them.
Here are the word families featured in each game:
- Game 1 – at
- Game 2 – at, ap
- Game 3 – ap, ag
- Game 4 – at, ag
- Game 5 – ad, ag
- Game 6 – ap, ad
- Game 7 – at, ap, ad
- game 8 – ap, ab
- Game 9 – ag, ab, at
- Game 10 – an, ab
- Game 11 – an, ag, ab
- Game 12 – am, an
- Game 13 – am, an, ag
- game 14 – at, ab, am
- Game 15 – at, an, am
- Game 16 – at, ab, am, an, ag, ap
I hope your learners love this game as much as my preschooler does!
Looking for more practice with CVC words? Try this fun bundle!
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