We are working very hard in kindergarten on not only reading cvc words, but using our knowledge of them in our writing too! We are also starting to really develop our understanding of vowels and their purpose.
In Kindergarten, we learn a lot through song. Things are so much easier to remember when you have a little tune to go along! A ton of teaching songs go well to the tunes we already know. I knew the vowel song to the tune of Bingo where kids learn the names of the vowels, but I wanted a song where they are not only naming vowels, but understanding their purpose. So, I taught my kinders that vowels are like glue – we have to have them to make words!
Here is the classroom version of our poster to help us (me) remember the words- it isn’t the pretty version (that is later in the post for you!) but it works! It is very catchy, and I have found it is helping them remember their vowels and vowel sounds a lot better (especially tricky e – that is always hard for them!) You can sing it by naming the vowels, and then try a tricky round by saying just the SOUNDS of the vowels. 🙂
Sometimes I will do a blending mini-lesson after singing this song, and we will start with one cvc word, and make a “word ladder” by just changing the vowel to see how many new words we can make. Here is an example starting with the word cap. You can keep it to real words (cap, cup, cop) or also add in “nonsense” words with cip and cep (pronouncing them with a hard c in this case). I usually choose to do all combinations because the purpose of this is blending sounds and seeing that the vowels have a job! (excuse the white board glare… and the handwriting… we were on a roll with making words!) 🙂
I knew I had some success when during writer’s workshop last week, a student was working hard on writing a word, and I heard him muttering “I need a vowel, vowels are glue.” 🙂
You can click on the picture below to grab your own poster with the words to this song!
How are your kids doing with cvc words? Do you have any favorite songs you use?
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Alex is a Kindergarten teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She's earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and Masters Degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Design. Alex is a night owl, coffee lover, and she owns more than 2,000 children’s books. Alex lives with her husband and their big black Labrador, Tank.
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