While at the grocery store, your child will help you shop for items with long or short vowel sounds.
Before doing this activity at the store, create your shopping list. Be mindful of the vowel sounds in each item on your list so that your child can practice listening for short and long vowel sounds.
Remember: Long vowels sound like the name of the letter, like in the words ace, we, hi, over, use. Usually, vowels make a short sound, like in the words apple, well, swim, doll, mud. Find more examples of grocery store items with long and short vowel sounds in Tips.
On the way to the supermarket, explain the activity to your child: “I need your help shopping today! I’m going to read you some items on our shopping list and you’ll help me find them in the store. Then you’ll say if you hear a short or long vowel sound in the word. Remember, long vowels sound like the name of the letter, but short vowels make a different sound. Let’s try one. Is the vowel sound in meat short or long?” (Long.) “Is the vowel sound in met short or long?” (Short.) Extend by asking, “Which letter makes those sounds?” (The letter E.)
“When we’re at the store, if I say we need grapes, we’ll go find the grapes and you’ll put them in the cart. Then I’ll ask you, ‘Does the word grapes have a long or short vowel sound?’ and you’ll say…” Allow your child to fill in the blank.
When you get to the store, remind your child of what to do. Follow these steps:
Play for as long as your child is interested.
|short vowel words||apple
|long vowel words||mayo