Long vowels are used to refer to the vowel sounds whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name. Long sounds are also called ‘alphabet sounds.’
They are called long sounds because we hold them longer than short sounds. But long vowels are not a longer version of short vowels. Long and short sounds are completely different from each other.
Let’s take an example. Hear the sound of the vowel ‘a’ in the word ran. It is the short vowel sound /a/.
Now hear the sound of ‘ai’ in the word rain. It makes the alphabet sound of the alphabet ‘a.’
Both sounds are completely different from each other. If you stretch the ‘a’ in ran, you do not get the ‘ai’ in rain.
Hear the sound of vowel ‘a’ in alligator. Now hear the sound of ‘ay’ in pray. Alligator has the short vowel ‘a’ sound and pray has the long ‘a’ sound.
I have a detailed pack of practice worksheets for ‘Long vowel a -ai and ay.’ You can download it from my blog.
For this post, I have created flashcards for ai and ay words.
These flashcards can also be used with dyslexic children to practice reading long ai and ay words. These flashcards can add fun to your lessons. They can be used for a number of activities. These flashcards can also be used when revisiting the sounds.
So, there are 6 letter paper format sheets with the ai words flashcards. Each sheet has 4 flashcards. You will notice that the ai sound is highlighted in each word to make it easier for the child to read.
So, there are 6 letter paper format sheets with the ay words flashcards. Each sheet has 4 flashcards. You will notice that the ay sound is highlighted in each word to make it easier for the child to read. You will need to print these sheets and cut them into cards. Print these picture cards on card stock and laminate them for durability.
Sort the words and write them in the above worksheet.
These flashcards will also enhance your child’s vocabulary. Do use these words in sentences so children can understand the meanings of the words.
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