forming cvc words using their middle vowel sound

This language lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children. It guides the child with the sound of vowels when used in the middle of the two consonants.

What is a Middle Vowel Sound?

A mid vowel (or a true-mid vowel) is a sound of a vowel produced when a vowel is positioned in the middle of a three-letter word or CVC words (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant). The defining characteristic of a mid vowel is that the tongue is positioned midway while pronouncing the CVC word.  

Middle vowel sound can be a short vowel sound such as a, e, i, o, or u, or a long vowel sound such as ai, ee, igh, etc. 

In this video, the child will learn the short vowel sound produced by middle vowels in CVC words.

Why is it Important to Learn Middle Vowel Sounds?

As children learn to read and write, it is important for them to understand the middle short vowel sounds, as short vowels are difficult to feel in the mouth compared to consonant sounds making it trickier for children to hear and understand them. 

For example, the ‘e’ sound changes in the middle of the word ‘bet’. Children tend to pronounce “bt” instead of “bet” and miss the vowel between the letters b and t. In addition, children tend to mix short vowels. They often mix up vowels like “a” and “u” as well as “e” and “i”. 

Learning these differences in sounds will help increase reading comprehension and speaking skills. 

The Power of Learning Middle Short Vowel Sound: The Benefits

  • It helps in reading and writing complex words and sentences
  • It builds concentration and boosts confidence when communicating with others
  • It helps to avoid confusion while understanding words

How to Introduce the Middle Vowel Sound to the Child?

  • Use picture cards and try saying each letter slowly. Encourage them to listen to the sounds clearly as you speak. It is a great way for children to practice their encoding skills using short vowels, and it is also incredibly easy to set up. 
  • Say a CVC word and ask them to tell which vowel they hear using a picture. It is a great way for us to understand whether they are grasping the correct vowel sound or not and gives us the opportunity to correct them at the right time.
  • Use cards with different CVC words like b_b, p_g, to explain the concept. Ask them to place the vowels in the middle blank spaces. In this way, the child learns about the correct vowel sound when they are placed between two letters.

Encourage the child to practice this concept with different English words and assist them in learning the five middle sounds, as shown in the video.

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Video Created by: Joanne Shango


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