The Short-a Sound
The first sound we introduce is the short-a sound.
The following script is provided as an example of the type of dialog you might use to introduce the lesson.
Today is the day we're going to begin learning how to match letters to their sounds so you can read words.
Have you ever thought about the fact that words are really just sounds? And the neat thing about the sounds in our language is each one has one or more symbols that stand for it. We call these symbols letters!
When letters are printed on paper, they tell us what sounds to make with our voices. We call that reading! So…let’s start reading!
We’ll begin with a really good sound to help us read words. We hear it at the beginning of words, like: am, an, as, at, and ax; and in the middle of words like: cat, bat, and mat.