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Long Vowel Sounds are Important Basic Skills

Phonics Skills, Teaching Long Vowel Sounds May Help Struggling Readers

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Long vowel sounds are some of the first reading skills your child will begin learning in a phonics-based reading program. These tips and worksheets will help you reinforce skills in long vowel sounds.

1. Long Vowel Sound Work Sheets

These worksheets help children learn long vowel sounds receptively by drawing lines to connect words that begin with each long vowel sound with their matching pictures. These worksheets are appropriate for third grade and higher. If your child does not recognize most of the words on these sheets, you may teach the words first. You may also stop working on these words and save them for a later date.
Worksheets for Matching Long Vowel Sounds in PDF Format:

2. More Long Vowel Worksheets

Circle The Correct Picture Worksheets - Long Vowel Sounds in PDF Format: Have your child circle the word in each row that begins with the long vowel sound. Just for fun, color the sheet afterward.

Long Vowel matching Cards - Long Vowel Sounds in PDF Format: Cut out the cards, and have your child match the printed words to the appropriate picture.

3. Common Reasons for Difficulty with Long Vowel Sounds

Reading to Your Child Teaches Long Vowel Sounds
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Long vowel sounds may be hard for people with learning disabilities because of:

4. Find Out Why Your Child Isn't Learning Long Vowel Sounds

If your child struggles with long vowel sounds, it is important to find out why:
  1. See your pediatrician. Get a physical examination that includes vision and hearing screening. Ask your child's doctor if she feels that your child needs testing for frequency hearing loss.
  2. If you suspect expressive or receptive language problems, have your child tested by a speech and language pathologist.
  3. Talk with your child's teacher about screening or referral for full assessment to determine if she has a learning disability.

5. Address Physical Problems Before Teaching Long Vowel Sounds

  • If your child's testing shows vision, hearing, processing, or learning problems, be sure to follow through with recommendations you are given.
  • If your child is diagnosed with speech or language problems, developmental delays, or learning disabilities, continue to work with his school as his program is developed and implemented for special education services.
  • Make sure your child attends school regularly. If possible, try to avoid changes in schools or school districts unless absolutely necessary.
  • Work with your child's teachers to ensure that any work missed because of absences is promptly made up.
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