Long vowels are used to refer to the vowel sounds whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name. Long vowel sounds 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.
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 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 vowel ‘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 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 16 A4 sheets in all. Eight sheets are with ai ay words written in black. The next eight sheets have similar pictures and words but I have highlighted the ai and ay in each word so it is easier for kids to read. You can decide which ones to print depending on how comfortable your kids are.
There are 6 cards on each of the 16 A4 sheets. 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.
Please note that sheet number 3-10 have ai ay words written in black. Sheet number 11-18 have the SAME words where the ai and ay is highlighted in a different colour. So, either print sheet number 3-10 or 11-18.
These flashcards will also enhance your child’s vocabulary. Do use these words in sentences so children can understand the meanings of the words.