What are long vowel sounds?
Long vowel sounds are used to refer to the sounds whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name.
They are also called ‘alphabet sounds.’
They are also called ‘alphabet sounds.’ They are called long vowel sounds because we hold them longer than short vowel sounds. But long vowels are not a longer version of short vowels. Long and short vowel sounds are completely different from each other.
long a sound – ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ make the alphabet sound ‘a’
long e sound – ‘ee’ and ‘ea’ make the alphabet sound ‘e’
long i sound– ‘ie’ and ‘igh’ make the alphabet sound ‘i’
long o sound – ‘oa’ and ‘ow’ make the alphabet sound ‘o’
long u sound – ‘ue’ and ‘ew’ make the alphabet sound ‘u’
In the above worksheet, we shall be covering long vowel sounds i, e and o.
‘ee’ and ‘ea’ come together to form the alphabet sound ‘e.’ It is also known as ‘vowel combination.’ Often in vowel combinations, the first letter has the long sound and the second is silent. See ‘ee’ and ‘ea’.
Since there is no rule whether to use ‘ie’ or ‘igh’ for a particular word, children need a lot of reading practice and with time they will develop an understanding for it.
You will also find long vowel flashcards with pictures and words list to practice long vowel words and they shall also help increase your child’s vocabulary.
There are three worksheets in this pack. I have covered all the long vowel sounds. Identify the picture and then write the correct long vowel to complete the word.