We have been working hard learning long vowel sounds. Whewww! That is hard for some of us to grasp. I found this poem to help us. I wish I knew who to give credit for the poem. I really like it. You sing it to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. Here is what it would sound like for the word cake: The e jumps over the k, the e jumps over the k, the e jumps over the k, to let the a say its name! If you would like to have this poem, click here or on the picture to grab it. I hope you can use it. 🙂
Here is how we have are handling vowel pairs. We of course know the song- two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. But the song in itself didn’t make sense to my students. So we had to act it out by having two vowels in a word, the person holding the first vowel holds the board out farther than the others, the person holding the other vowel holds their hand over their mouth to show that vowel doesn’t talk. This has worked wonders for my group that just couldn’t switch over from a short vowel to a long vowel. All I have to say is vowel pair and they remind me, “oh, I remember that is like when she held the e and he held the a with his hand over his mouth!”. Some of my students have to work through this little scenario to be able to remember how to handle the two vowels. But hey, whatever works!!