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 pan. It is the short vowel sound /a/. Now hear the sound of ‘ay’ in the word pay. It makes the alphabet sound of alphabet ‘a.’
The first worksheet is the ‘ay’ words list for reading and colouring words with the ‘ay sound.’ Instead of the whole word, make your child colour only the ‘ay’ sound of the word. It helps register the sound better.
The next ‘ay sound’ worksheet is a picture sort, ‘cut and paste’ worksheet. Cut the picture tiles and let your child read the words and paste the pictures under the correct word.
The above worksheet is a crossword worksheet for sound ‘ay.’ It will surely be fun and challenging for the kids. The words are provided in the word bank.
The next ‘ay sound’ worksheet has simple sentences that will give the child reading practice. The child has to complete the sentence by using one of the words in the bracket. Use the word which makes more sense in the sentence.
The last worksheet has six ‘ay words’ puzzles. Cut across the darker lines which will give you six puzzle squares. Now, cut along the dotted line for each puzzle and you will have three little strips. Have the child try to form the picture and read the word. The solved puzzle can be pasted in a notebook and then the word can be used in a simple sentence. To understand how to do this particular activity please go to the end of my ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ blog post by clicking here.