But, I am now, a 1st grade teacher and those vowels looking back at me from their respective posters that day were kinda scary. What did I know about that?? And they all sort of sounded the same to me, in a way. So, I thought, if they sounded the same to me (the teacher) imagine how they sounded to a little kid. I'll go one further for ya - a little kid who speaks another language (other than English) at home. My kids speak French at home. Once, I took on that first grade classroom, I knew that I needed a trick and my own way of teaching these vowels. And once I had that trick, it was honestly, a breeze.
This is how I teach the short vowels, character by character. And I finally have had time to do it all up in a Pack. Each vowel character has his or her own story and the sound that vowel makes is blended into the story, so that the sound and the character become one and the same. This is how they look.
And, of course some practice pages too.
And so, there you have it. Mystery solved. Except to say that when you watch 1st graders decode a word beautifully, using the skills that you've given them, there is nothing quite like it. The way they look at you because they are so proud and amazed that they did it, that it worked, that they now have the key and those doors to reading will just open up wide for them. That feeling - I could just never trade.
Have a great weekend!