Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Short Vowels topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Read, Read, Read

The best way to help your child explore language and practice reading is to read everyday. Your child can not only read books, but also read advertisements, labels, directions, signs, and any other pieces of text that they encounter everyday. Have your child carry a notebook to keep a track of new words and practice spelling them.

Short Vowel Memory

Draw or take photos of different objects in your house that are spelled with short vowels, such as a bag, lock, pen, or cup. Then on a separate index card, write the name of the object. Turn the photos and index cards over and have your child play a memory game to match the object with the word.

Short Songs

Together with your child, create a song that only uses short vowel sounds. First you may want to brainstorm words that share the same pattern of vowels and consonants, such as bag, tag, sag, gag, and lag. Then create a silly song together to the tune of a well-known song such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Old MacDonald.”