Today I’m excited to share my newest project: 15 easy-prep games to help your child or students master CVC words!
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If you’ve been following along with me, you know I’ve done a variety of activities with my preschooler as I teach him to sound out words.
Learning to sound out words
It’s been very slow progress – which is to be expected, of course, since he was just four when we started. I made sure he had the readiness skills for reading in place before tackling “sounding it out.” And then we touched on it here and there.
As in… fewer than twenty minutes total in a week. When he showed some resistance, we didn’t do any sounding it out for months. Instead, we focused on one of the most important activities to ensure success in reading: reading aloud. As in me reading aloud to him.
After our little hiatus, I pulled out my word family houses, short vowel phonics readers, and some new activities: my Roll a Short Vowel games and This Reading Mama’s CVC Rhyming Blackout. It was a combination of these last two activities that helped him crack the code.
Now he reads 3-letter words without that painful sounding it out that you hear from new readers.
You know how it goes:
Or “p…eeeee…t. Pit.”
Today he reads almost all CVC words automatically! This means I was about a week too late with this game. 🙂 But review is a good thing, and he has younger siblings who will be ready for it in a few years.
Games for teaching CVC words
How to play
1. Print the game you’d like to play. You can choose a game that features short short a, e, o, i, or u words. Or you can print a game that features a combination of short vowels. So many possibilities in this pack of 15 games!
2. Get a playing piece for each player. Our colorful transparent counting chips were perfect.
3. Take turns rolling the die. Move ahead and read the word you land on. There’s no penalty for reading a word incorrectly – but the other player should help if there’s a mistake.
4. If you land on a leap pad, you have to go back three spaces.
5. The first to the pond wins!
And the instructions are printed on each game board in case you forget. 🙂
P.S. In response to a reader request, the last game in the file is blank so you can add your own words.
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